January Newsletter

Happy New Year to all!

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season. January is a good month for fresh starts, so if you haven't gotten actively involved in Transition Belsize yet, why not come along to one of our upcoming events? The Transition Tipple on Wednesday is a great place to start - come along for a drink and a chat. Or how about helping out with groundwork at our new Fruitery on Saturday 7th or getting active with a Winter Walk on Sunday 15th?

The Fruitery

Creating a forest garden at St Peters Church

The Fruitery is a project to create a forest garden in an unused space at the back of St Peters Church. We plan to plant two regular sized apple trees, a number of apple cordons and a range of fruit bushes and ground cover plants. Also creating a more open space with decking and grasses will create a space that is more usable for a range of activities.

Do join this project if you are interested in following the progress!

Cobblin' along

Final touches are being put on the first of the Education group's cob ovens to be built in our local schools.  Watch out for details on the launch pizza/ bread making session to be held at Fitzjohn's school in the new year

A cob oven, built from clay (dug up in the school's ground) and sand, is a fantastic way of teaching kids about low carbon building materials, as well as provding a great outdoor learning resource.

If you would like to build a cob oven at your local school, get in touch!

Veg-in Mondays..

The Transition Belsize/Hampstead Education group were recently invited to atttend the first ever Camden Green School Summit. During a very informative day, the group held informal chats with Caterlink, the Camden School Dinner provider. During these discussions, the idea was raised to pilot a meat/fish free Monday meal at selected school's during 2012...Caterlink gave the group a brief to come up with a 'fun' theme to encourage schools to join in with the pilot; an idea to 're-assure' parents that have a veg only meal one day of the week would not be seen as a 'cutting back on costs' but as advantageous to their kids - and the environment. 

Man Can

The Man Can tour continues...

This year Man Can has met over 1,000 primary school kids at 5 local school assemblies. He has also been on tour in Englands Lane bookshop and Budgens, followed by a 8 week Summer holiday at Swiss Cottage library. His message to  encourage kids to cut down on packaging continues to be heard at Kentish Town library, where he is currently on tour! Next stop Queens Crescent and Holborn libraries!

If you would like Man Can to come and deliver his fun presentation at your school, get in touch!




Reminder: Seasonal Celebration on Wednesday 14th December

Hello all,

Please join us for our Seasonal Celebration at Oliver's Village Café (92 Belsize Lane) from 7pm onwards on Wednesday 14th December. There will be mulled wine and mince pies, as well as savoury snacks, and a choice of organic wines and beers. We'll be looking back on all we have achieved in 2011, and looking forward to creating a positive and very Happy New Year in Belsize. Everyone is welcome!

And here are a few more upcoming Transition Belsize events:

December Newsletter

Dear Transition Belsize,

The leaves have fallen off the trees, the nights are getting longer and the wind is getting colder, but our newsletter is packed with plenty of great events to warm you up with seasonal cheer, not to mention workshops on draught busting and thermal curtain lining to help keep your house toasty and energy efficient. 

The Royal Free Growing Site

Growing food and flowers in the Royal Free Hospital garden

Transition Belsize first began working in the Royal Free's Heath Strange garden (on top of the car park) in 2011, cultivating the plot based on permaculture principles.

Permaculture is the solutions toolkit and philosophy underpinning the Transition movement. It's about using our imaginations to design energy and waste out of systems, and instead work with nature rather than seeking to subjugate it. See here for Rob Hopkins on what permaculture is and how it's linked to Transition.

Presentation on how Camden might be affected by Peak Oil and the fragility of the financial system

This presentation (attached below) was given to Camden's Emergency Planning Group on 17th November 2011 in an attempt to get people thinking about the possibly consequences of Peak Oil and/or the collapse of the financial system.

The Emergency Planning Group meets every two months to discuss how well Camden’s institutions, businesses and emergency services are prepared for incidents ranging from a flu epidemic to a major terrorist attack.