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Transition Living Workshops 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Please register your interest for all these events as times/locations are subject to alteration and time is needed to prepare materials for these workshops in advance. Many thanks.

New events are being organised all the time, sign up for the SLACC monthly enewsletter to keep up to date with local activities. Email slacc[at]

Coastal Wild Food Walk Sun 18th July, 11am – 3pm, meet at Arnside prom opp. PO

With Sonny, £3 per person

A walk from Arnside along the coast identifying coastal plants and seaweeds and their culinary uses. A variety of seaweed snacks will be on offer.  Meet at Arnside promenade opposite the post office at 11am.

Booking in advance is required as places are limited to 10 people – email sonnykhan[at] or ring 01539 740694.

LEDfantastic Workshop Tuesday 14th September, 6pm -9pm, United Reform Church, Highgate, Kendal

With Dave Weirdigan,  £10 waged / £5 low/unwaged, plus the cost of the components you use during the workshop.

Dave Weirdigan returns to Cumbria with his highly regarded ‘LEDfantastic’ workshop.
Learn about LEDs, the ultra-low power lighting for the 21st Century.
Light up your life – make spotlights, fairy lights, party lights, costume lights – whatever you can imagine.
Illuminate your van, yurt, boat, bus, barn, shed or house – 12v, the way forward
Check out for more details

Booking in advance required – email jennings_ruth[at] or ring 01539 822 165

Windermere and Bowness Big Green Event Sun 19th September

details to follow.

Damson Harvest (date dependant on when fruit ripens, usually first 2 weeks in Sept.)

With Lorna and Ruth, Lyth Valley. In conjunction with the Damson Association.

Abundance plans to organise another damson harvest day in early September, date tbc in September when the fruit has ripened. Email tsl.abundance[at] or phone 07851719444 to register your interest and we’ll contact you with dates/times closer to the time.

Damson Jam Making Tuesday 12th October, 7-9pm at United Reform Church, Highgate, Kendal

With Lorna and Ruth, £3 per person

Informal workshop – have a go at making Lyth Valley damson jam and preserving fruit in the traditional way with Transition Living in Kendal.

Booking required tel 01539 822165 or email tsl.abundance[at]

Cheese and Butter Making Tues 9th November -  7pm – 9pm, United Reform Church, Highgate, Kendal

with Stefan £3 per person

Learn small scale soft and hard cheese making techniques and also butter making in a simple churn. Taste locally produced cheeses from organic goats milk.

Booking in advance required as places are limited – email jennings_ruth[at] or ring 01539 822165

December Anti Consumerist Christmas Present Making Party!

Tuesday 14th December, 7pm – 9pm, United Reform Church, Highgate, Kendal

with Ro and Gareth – £5 (£3 unwaged).

Come and make your own innovative Christmas presents out of recycled materials without supporting any big corporation…enjoy making, enjoy giving!

Booking in advance required -email jennings_ruth [at] or ring 01539 822165

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 living – Leaf Curd

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

This month’s Transition Living event saw 14 people come along to learn how to make high protein and nutritious curd from wild edible leaves and grass.

Unfortunately due to the weather and the large amount of snow on the ground no grass could be collected, so we had to make do with half a dozen cabbages instead.

Everyone got immediately stuck in – one group shredding the leaves, one group liquidising them and another group sieving out the pulp using a pillow case.

shredding, juicing and sieving the cabbages

 After sieving we ended up with several litres of juice which was then brought to the boil for several minutes.  The curd precipitates out of the water and is seen floating on the top, but also stuck to the sides and bottom of the pan.  After the liquid has cooled a little it is then sieved through a fine sieve (ideally silk) and what remains is the leaf concentrate or curd.

the leaf curd

This is a very high quality protein – as good as meat – and can also be made from regular grass or any wild edible leaf.  Amazing!

Our next step was to mix the curd with egg, breadcrumbs and herbs to make veggy meatballs which we then cooked and ate.  Delicious!

For more on our Tansition Living events, see our current spring 2010 programme here: