Posts Tagged ‘Transition’

NEW – Transition Arts Group

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A new SLACC sub group has been set up focusing on the arts, convened by Mandy Barnett.

The recently formed Creative Group`s aim is to spread the overall Transition Town message as widely as possible,

in fun and engaging ways, to challenge and inspire!

Transition Town, yes, but to what, why and how?

We may have a clear vision of where we hope and want to be, but we need to portray that in ways that make it desirable and accessible for all -  through articles, displays, stories, poems, drama, artwork, mosaics, dance …… and more….

We are initially planning

a) Creative Commando operation around Kendal and

b) South Lakes Unplugged –pedal powered performance at our local festivals, starting with a  Stunt Bike Dance

After several initial meetings, the group have agreed these two projects that a couple of people were happy to make happen, although they are very open to other things happening too if people want a different focus.

All very welcome. See SLACC newsletters for dates of meetings, generally held at the Castle Street Centre in Kendal.

Windermere Big Green Event

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

SLACC are proud to be supporting TACT Windermere at their Big Green Event.

Big Green Event – Sun 19th Sept, Ladyholme Centre and Goodly Dale School Field, Windermere/Bowness, 10:30 – 4:30pm, FREE (website still under construction)

Organised by new community group Toward a Community Transition (TACT), the Big Green Event promises to live up to its name. There will be a wide of range of stalls, including home energy suppliers, eco products, bicycle powered smoothies, bicycle powered live music, bee workshops, wild food walks, natural musical instruments for kids and adults, bicycle maintenance, local food & cider, and more. There is a Damson baking competition so get baking – categories and rules on the new TACT website.  Lots of workshops, talks and other fun things to do – come along and get involved!

All at the Ladyholme centre and Goodlydale school between 10.30-4.30. All welcome.

For more details contact Morag on 07727000608 or

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.

Tinkers Bubble felling fortnight

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

SLACC members Ruth and Lorna recently travelled to Tinkers Bubble in Somerset to attend their ‘felling fortnight’.

Tinkers Bubble was set up in 1994 and was one of the first communities of its kind to be granted planning permission, creating a turning point in planning laws and entering phrases such as ‘low impact’  into the planning vocabulary.

The Bubble consists of conifer plantation, broadleaf woodland and coppice, orchards, meadows, gardens, and a market garden. There is permission for up to 16 residents and other residents include 2 Jersey cows, a calf, 3 goats, a horse, numerous hens, and a cat.

We were there to help fell some of the Douglas Fir plantation. The aim of the fortnight was partly to thin the plantation but also to provide timber for various projects. The community has a steam engine powering a sawmill, run entirely on the ‘waste’ wood it produces. The straw bale barn this is housed in is in a dire state and some of the Douglas we were felling is going to build a new barn.  The timber is also used as building material for the various dwellings on site and as firewood.

Axeing a 'gob' in the tree

One of the rules of the Bubble is that no fossil fuels can be used on site, therefore all felling was done with axes and large two-man saws.This is a lot easier than you might think and not much slower than using a chainsaw. Instead of the drone and the fumes of a chainsaw the woodland was filled with lovely noises – birds, the singing noise of a saw, the singing of the workers, the clatter of the axes, the cracking of the timber as it starts to fall and then the earthy thud of the tree as it hits the ground, plus the large round of applause when it did.

Cutting the timber to length with a 2 man saw

Once felled the timber is extracted by horse. Unfortunately the area was too muddy for extraction during our stay so we didn’t get to see the horse in action.

The evenings were spent chatting in the communal roundhouse, singing songs, playing music and drinking Tinkers Bubble cider. It was very inspiring to stay with a community that are managing to live successfully without fossil fuels. We hope to go back in the summer and help with the ‘Barn Building Bonanza’ and it’d great if other SLACC members wanted to join us.