I’ve been out this morning with other members of Transition Town Honiton giving the wall on New Street a much needed makeover! We were given permission from East Devon District Council who own the wall to tidy it up and plant herbs and other edible plants. It took a team of 5 of us about 2 hours to do one section, weeding, adding compost and planting strawberries, rosemary and sage.
Lots of people stopped to comment and say what a great job we were doing, which was nice as it was chilly to start with. It soon warmed up with the sun above us as we worked and chatted. There are more sections of the wall for us to work on on another date. Please get in touch if you would like to help, could donate some herbs or funds for us to buy more compost and plants. We are a local community group – read more about us on the website www.transitiontownhoniton.org.uk
The plants are there for the community – for you to pick as you pass by or sit at the bus stop. Add to your soups, stews, sauces etc! The strawberries should be a great attraction next summer.
Being a ‘muller’ means we are in the ‘mulling it over’ or planning stage of the transition process following a successful first meeting last night. 23 people came along to find out more and after a discussion and gathering of everyone’s details, 7 people stepped forward to run the steering group to get the whole thing going. The brand new steering group were very keen to meet next week and start planning some action.
There are 382 official transition initiatives and if we are successful in meeting the criteria set out by the Transition Network based in Totnes then we will become ‘official’.
The first Honiton Transition Town meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th September at Montgomery’s on the High Street (next to Ganesha Health Food Shop). We will have representatives from other local transition towns and hopefully a bunch of interested, enthusiastic local people.
We will be discussing the possibility of starting our own transition group and the way forward. I will be chairing the meeting and representing the town council, who agreed to support such an initiative earlier this year. Please add a comment below if you are able to attend, so we have an idea of how many people are coming and most importantly please pass on a link to this page to anyone who you thing might be interested. Montgomery’s is very kindly giving us this meeting space free of charge, so it would be nice if everyone bought a drink or two in order to support this local business which is kindly supporting us by promoting the use of local companies like this Commercial waste services !
A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction, while the businesses also need to learn when to file the 1099 MISC form for taxes. For more info on the transition network, see www.transitionnetwork.org