Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Save The Wheatsheaf from Tesco

News this week that the Wheatsheaf, a long standing Tooting Bec pub, right opposite the tube may be closed down and turned into a Tesco supermarket has stirred up some  determined action from local Tootingites!  Like others, TTT are keen to be part of campaigning to ensure that this iconic Tooting landmark does not become part of yet another multinational chain that will invariably suck money out of our local economy.  Not least because there are two other Tescos providing that opportunity within a few hundred yards in either direction!

Jon Irwin has started a campaign on 38 degrees HERE which has garnered more than 8,000 signatures as I write.  Please sign if you haven't already.  At our meeting on Tuesday evening the group was keen to support looking into how we can make the Wheatsheaf a community pub, maybe with local people buying shares, along the lines of other similar ventures in London. 

On Tuesday evening next week, there will be a meeting at the Wheatsheaf to discuss the pub's future at 7.30 p.m.  TTT and many other interested parties will be in attendance.  Please come along and add your voice to the campaign to Save The Wheatsheaf!  DT

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Managing our water use so the Garden flourishes

This Sunday July 21st, from 1130-1200, come along to help us plan our water use in the Community Garden.
Maybe this weather will continue, or maybe not: in any case there are some practical short term and long term choices to be made linked with water use. What is doing well and what is not? Can we construct some water catchment and storage - or just install a tap? What different plants could we grow? How will we look after them?


















For interest:
  • In June there was only a quarter of the normal rainfall locally
  • It has not rained in the garden for 15 days - in July there has been just one mm of rain (July's average is 40 mm for the month)
  • sweet corn needs 20 litres of water per square metre 2x a week
  • our runner beans need half that
Do come along - and /or join in with 'normal' gardening between 11 & 1.
The forecast...is for cloud!
We're at 5 North Drive, south of Tooting Common, and the entrance is in the fence to the left of the large brick house. All welcome!

Monday, 15 July 2013

In the heat at the Community Garden yesterday

It's been dry - and now very hot - and both have had an impact in the garden - some plants have speeded up and gone quickly to seed, some have slowed down...
There was lots to explore and to harvest: we cleared the broad beans and the garlic; we chatted; we looked at insect predators and prey; we tended the potatoes and sweet corn; we made plans for the Tooting wheat with Juan and Anta from Naked Loaf in Furzedown (come to the Tooting Foodival 28 & 29 September and see we what we do together!).
I'll let the photos tell the story of the day:

Sorting broad beans
Raspberries

Larva of seven-spot ladybird hunting down aphids
Garlic can dry all week
Looking at insects












Wheat is getting tall


'The bread is going to be great!'










All welcome to join in at the Garden: every Sunday
from 11am to 1pm at 5 North Drive behind the large brick house.
Or email us for info at transitiontowntooting@gmail.com

No need for a bag to carry beans

Monday, 1 July 2013

Stories Told in the Garden

Yesterday's Story Telling at the Community Garden with Emily Duizend (Story Island) was a really successful event, raising £240 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  The garden bedecked in bunting provided a tranquil setting for a crowd spanning the ages to relax, eat cakes and enjoy music from guitar and sitar, and stories from Emily and Vanessa.
Many of those visiting were new to the garden, so there were many questions about the space and how it is used.

We look forward to more chances to stage events in the garden.  Local youngsters' learning opportunities continue in this special green space with the Gatton School visits on Tuesdays while the regular Sunday gardening sessions continue between 11 and 1.  Mail TTT if you would like to find out more.  Everyone is welcome to get involved.

Thanks to Emily for organising this event.