Willow Fencing

garden_hurdles2I’m going to make a willow fence (or hurdle) in my garden to keep my naughty setter off the patio and out of my veggies!!! I’ve been offered some willow by someone from a neighbouring transition group. Any comments appreciated about how exactly I should be approaching this (new) skill !!

Specifically – what should I use as the posts?

How do I secure the willow to the posts at each end of the fence?

Am I supposed to treat it with anything?

Cheers all 🙂

Honiton Swap & Share

Just letting you know about an event coming up in East Devon in February 2012. As ‘recycling champion’ for Honiton, my role on the town council is to support events like this and this brings a smile to my face as I’ve wanted to do one of these myself for a little while. So I’m incredibly glad that Honiton resident Karen Berger has put this idea together and I hope she gets a huge amount of support to make it successful. The new Transition Town Honiton group will also have a stall there on the day.

Welcome to Swap and Share, another step towards a sustainable future.

Many people already use Freecycle, via the internet, on a regular basis to pass on their unwanted items to others nearby, and to get things that they need. Now, for those who don’t have access to the internet, or have not heard of Freecycle, we are running a Swap and Share event in Honiton, so that everyone has access to quality goods at no cost.

IMG_1937 SF bric a brac bargainsHow does it work?

Simply bring any unwanted goods to Mackarness Hall next to St Paul’s church on the High Street on Saturday 25th February, pay £1 entrance fee, (towards the hire of the hall) and leave them with us, to be shared among anyone who comes along on the day. Even those who don’t have any goods to donate can choose items for themselves: as long as it’s kept out of landfill, it’s a win-win situation!

Thank you for your time

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday 15th November ‘What Shall We Do About Christmas?’

An ideas workshop on alternatives to shopping, stress and consumerism  at Christmas time. Transition Exeter will be exploring solutions to the pressures we feel amongst the Christmas consumerism and look at alternative ways to enjoy the Christmas season. On Tuesday 15th of November  6.45pm (teas) for a 7.00pm start.   Upstairs at Friend’s Meeting House, Wynard’s Lane, Magdalen St., Devon EX2 4HU. Contact: Penny penny.ritson@hotmail.co.uk 07811409954

‘Green Guru’ Satish Kumar is Guest Speaker at Recycling & Environmental Exhibition at Ottery Parish Church

This event takes place on Saturday September 24th 2011 from 10-4p.m and we will have a Green Party stall there.

This promises to be a very exciting event with inspiring talks as well as a variety of interesting stalls and stands. Satish Kumar, who will be a guest of Sustainable Ottery, will be speaking at 2 p.m. and taking questions. Satish was born in Rajasthan, India, in 1936.  His life is permeated with the theme of pilgrimage.  At the age of 9 he became a wandering Jain monk and spent many years in pilgrimage through his homeland.  In 1962 he set out on a peace pilgrimage of 8,000 miles from the grave of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington.   He has studied Buddhism and Hindu philosophy.  He is the Editor of the ‘Resurgence’ magazine which is a multi faceted publication of poetry, politics, imagination, economics and creativity.  He has also published several books and is the Director of Programmes at Shumacher College.  He now lives in North Devon and his excellent profile of Dartmoor that was shown on BBC called ‘Earth Pilgrim’. Satish presented Dartmoor throughout the seasons showing, as he says “the beauty of nature, but also the economy, generosity and intentions of nature, and how we need to be pilgrims and learn from nature instead of trying to dictate to or dominate it to our whims. When you learn from nature you learn ecological humility, and gain a respect and reverence for nature”. Recently he was interviewed on the BBC programme “Town” when it featured Totnes and spoke on Radio 4. his is a rare opportunity to hear one of the World’s leading environmental thinkers and speakers live in our area. For more information on Satish and Resurgence visit http://www.resurgence.org/satish-kumar/

Sustainable Ottery’s Helen Collinson will also talk about her work for Christian Aid.

Why Buy when you can Borrow – Genius Idea!

Meriel Lenfestyfrom borrowing site ecomodo.com explains the thinking behind the project…

Sitting on a train one day, watching all the gardens pass by, I was pondering a woodworking challenge for the weekend. It was one of those jobs which would take 30 minutes with the right tool and a day without. Needless to say, I didn’t have the right tool.

Buying it was tempting but seemed expensive and wasteful. I looked at the sheds at the end of all those gardens and wondered if my tool was in one. The answer was almost certainly yes. I thought how useful it would be to ‘see into’ the sheds, cupboards, lofts and even minds of all my neighbours, friends and colleagues. How much money I could save, how much better for the environment and how much richer my life could be. Ecomodo was born.

The Daily Telegraph told us that Britain is a nation of hoarders, sitting on £31bn of goods we never use, and our own research told us all about the challenges we faced in encouraging people to stop hoarding and start lending.

Two years and a lot of intense design and build activity later, ecomodo.com was launched. The site lets you lend and borrow everyday objects, skills and spaces with other people around you. You can choose to lend for free, for a fee or for charity and we facilitate the transaction to make good returns for all.

Create a lending circle for your street, neighbourhood, school, workplace or community group and pool your assets. Use your circles to control who can borrow your stuff and have a deposit taken or include insurance for extra peace of mind.

Here’s some examples of things you can lend or borrow…

• Doing up a housedrill, wallpaper stripper, work-mate, carpentry, step ladder, hedge cutter

• Having people to stayinflatable mattress, cot, high chair, wii controllers, spare bike, golf clubs

• Having a special occasionchairs, shoes, a venue, dress, flower arrangements, tuxedo

• Going on holidaytent, camcorder, travel cot, ski clothes, underwater camera, mosquito net

With the consumption of consumer goods (not including food and cars) accounting for 12% of London’s carbon footprint (Sustainable Development Commission Nov. 2009), there’s never been a better time to open up our personal treasure troves.

So if you want a new way to reduce your emissions and help out your community, join the marketplace of good returns at ecomodo.com

Tumbling towards the Tipping Point?

According to National Statistics, almost 60% of households now own a tumble dryer. That means more than 14m households are using electricity to dry clothes, when they could save that energy by hanging them outside. This energy use is also contributing to climate change.

It turns out that the way we have been calculating the future impacts of climate change up to now has been missing a really important piece of the picture. It seems we are now dangerously close to the tipping point in the world’s climate system; this is the point of no return, after which truly catastrophic changes become inevitable.

The Energy Saving Trust says that across the UK, if everyone with a tumble drier dried outside instead of using their driers during the summer months, it would collectively save around £180million a year, and as much CO2 as would be saved by taking 240,000 cars off Britain’s roads.

Try drying your clothes outside during the summer months. You can save on average £15 a year on your electricity bill and 65kg of CO2 by drying clothes outside on a line instead of using the tumble dryer during the summer months.

The Guardian recommends drying your clothes indoors and outside. If you can’t dry clothes outside, invest in an airer to use inside your house. Ceiling ones work best because warm air rises. But if you don’t have a suitable lofty location, try a floor-standing or wall-mounted one. Most home heating systems run on gas, so it is still better to dry your clothes inside the house in winter than to dry them by machine. You’ll not only save energy and money by ditching the dryer but your clothes will last longer too.

Consumer Issues website Which also advises to Minimise use of your tumble dryer. Make the most of good weather by drying your clothes outside, and leaving the tumble dryer switched off. If you can’t live without your tumble dryer – click here to see which one Which advises but watch this short film first – http://www.wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html