Climate change and increasing energy costs will alter our way of life - how we work, shop, travel and live will need to adapt.
Transition Lostwithiel is about using our own creativity and talent to build a closer and more resilient community for everyone to enjoy. It's about making a transition from an unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one.
Register for free 2016 Grow Wild seed kits - registration closes 14th Feb
Caradon Orchard Group Grafting Workshop 13th February 2016, Linkinhorne Parish Hall at Upton Cross, Near Liskeard, PL14 5AX on the B3254, Morning or afternoon sessions: 10 am to 12am or 1pm to 3pm. Cost £5 per person for members of the orchard group, £7 for non members (if there are spaces), root stocks will be provided. Course requirements/ things to bring
- Tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided
- Bring a piece of wood to cut on such as an old chopping board, piece of plywood or off cut of wood.
- Labels are provided but bring a marking pen or pencil.
- Bring material to graft onto the rootstocks. The scion material should IDEALLY be 7-9mm and one-year growth and at least 15cm long, but this is not critical. Older, shorter, thicker or thinner pieces can be made to work if it’s all that’s available. We are hoping to have a selection of scion material for the group to share but this does depend on people bringing more than they need with them. Make sure scions are labelled.
- Bring plastic bags to put roots in to prevent drying-out until they are potted up.
- Bring sharp, clean, secateurs if you have them.
- The root stock we have is MM111 which will produce standard and half standard trees. These have been selected to suit our local conditions. If anyone wants to bring their own root stock along with them they are welcome.
- Knives, tape and rootstocks are provided. There may be the possibility of purchasing a grafting knife at the end of the sessions, depending upon demand.
- Please note that this course will involve using sharp knives but the safe method of using these tools will be covered during the workshop.
Gardeners Market - 16th April 2016, Lostwithiel Community Centre.
World Book Night - 23rd April 2016. We will be holding a Book Night at the Community Centre near this date.
Urgently needed - thousands of people are seeking refuge in Europe, fleeing war and persecution in their own country. Their journey is at best difficult, at worst deadly. Good quality donations are desperately needed. Download the list of what is needed here. In February they hope to send a container to a camp in Syria and are requesting specifically baby things; baby wipes, nappies, baby lotion, baby food.
Harvest Festival window we were delighted to be invited to decorate a window in St Bart's church for Harvest Festival week, along with other local groups and organisations.
Tree register - We wanted to build on our community orchard but couldn't find any publicly accessible land where we could get permission to plant trees. So we've come up with a Plan B: donate productive trees to people who live in Lostwithiel and keep a Tree Register. It means we have a more productive trees in the area and people can bring any surplus produce to the Plant Swap.