Posts Tagged ‘SLACC Towards Transition’

SLACC tt/FSC skills share – Sat 22nd May

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Are you interested in environmental education and raising awareness with young people? Come along to our skills share day organised by SLACCtt and the FSC (Field Studies Council) on Saturday 22nd May. Meet like minded folk, try out new ideas and see what goes on at the centre – check out the plastic bottle greenhouse!

You are welcome to come just for the morning/afternoon session and get in touch if you have any skills you’d like to share with others.

The day will be held at the Castle Head FSC Centre, Lindale near Grange.

Contact Ruth for more information and booking – 07851719444

May Transition Living – build a bike trailer

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The plan for the Transition Living workshop in May is to build a bike trailer for the Abundance group.

We’ve got some plans from a chap who’s designed trailers to be made out of bamboo for developing countries, check out this webpage for his full story, its a nice story! He gives the plans to anyone who asks as long as they send him photos of the finished product being used for his website, so bring your bike along, take the trailer for a spin and we’ll get some good pics.

Bamboo is all well and good in some parts of the world, but we’re not keen on it growing in Cumbria, especially when historically this area has had huge amounts of native coppice woodland. So we’re gonna make our bike trailer out of locally coppiced wood and recycled materials.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the URC hall on Tuesday 11th May, 7pm-9pm, £3. Please book your place by emailing tsl.abundance[at] or call 01539 822165.

Transition coppicing day

Saturday, March 27th, 2010
On Sunday 14th March, Edward Acland hosted a coppicing day at Oaks Wood, near Burneside. It was a beautiful sunny day so lots of people turned out, what better way to spend the day than learning new skills and meeting new friends in the wood.
Everyone had the ch ance to learn about Edward’s traditional approach to coppicing and woodland management, using only hand tools such as the bill hook, crosscut saw, drawknife and froe.
Edward demonstrated how to use a shavehorse, drawknife and rounder to make joints for chairs, gates and hurdles while Romola gave a tour of the woodland with a bit of its history and ecology thrown in.