Come and join in! Transition St Albans are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wed 15th May, 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre.
The chair of Transition St Albans, Jack Easton will give a short presentation about past and future highlights of the local Transition project.
Peter Bloomfield, an active member of the Transition Food Group will talk about the community supported agricultural project he is involved in developing.
Plant Sale and Swop
No need to worry about planting seeds out, or spending more money at the Garden Centre – this special event will host a plant sale/swop from Transitions’ gardeners to help you get ready for a bumper summer crop.
but I’m not involved in Transitions?
If you are not already involved you will have the chance to meet and get to know like-minded people and find out how you can get to see the award winning Clean Bin Project on World Environment Day on June 5th. You can share ideas and find out more about the Transition Streets projects happening in over six streets in St Albans, Energy Open Homes 2013, and the blooming OpenFoodGarden events this summer. Everyone is very welcome to come and share tea, coffee and cake!
Of all properties in St Albans, our homes make up 40% of greenhouse emissions. Whether or not you choose to use the ‘Green Deal’ scheme, you can do a lot to reduce carbon emissions by making your home more energy efficient. See more about the Green Deal at ‘Green Deal or no Green Deal‘ on the TSA website or watch the Which video
St Albans City and District Council expect to reduce greenhouse emissions in the area by 5% a year. Analysing emissions by property they showed that homes made up 40% of greenhouse emissions in 2011/12, closely followed by Leisure Centres at 36%.
Find out more about reducing your carbon emissions and read the 2011/12 Greenhouse Emissions report in full on the council’s Climate Change pages.
One of those rare documentaries that make you feel like you can do something about the problems in the world…
Come and see this unique film - Wed 5th June 8pm
a film screening created by St Albans Friends of the Earth together with Transition St Albans. St Pauls Church ‘lounge room’ Blandford Road St Albans AL1 4JP Tickets on the door £5/£3 concessions.
‘The goal is zero landfill waste. For one year we avoided buying material goods and attempted to live without producing garbage. At the end of the year, we just couldn’t stop.’
We are showing ‘The Clean Bin Project’ – In this multi-award winning film, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can turn away from consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste. We watch as they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”.
The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments and unforgettable imagery. The film is a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to people of all ages.
Becky Alexander, writing her column in the Herts Advertiser visited our OpenFoodGarden launch this April and did a lovely write-up on the project. You can find the link to the article here and a short excerpt below:
Last week Transition St Albans launched the program for this year’s Open Food Gardens at The Courtyard Café, St Albans.
This lovely annual event is an opportunity to visit local gardens and meet like-minded gardeners and find out more about growing your own fruit and vegetables. Transition are an active local group, keen to share ideas on how we can all save money, and reduce our carbon footprints.’
The programme of OpenFoodGardens will be launched at the Courtyard Cafe, Hatfield Road, St Albans on Saturday 13th April from 11.00 a.m – 2.00 p.m. Come along and look at the Transition St Albans demonstration garden and find out more information about the open gardens.
This year three gardens will be open:
Sunday 9th June 2.00 - 5.00 – 104 Marshalwick Lane AL1 4XE
Sunday 8th september 2.00 – 4.00 – 24 Oaklands Lane AL4 0HR
Skill sharing sessions
As part of the Open Food Gardens programme two members of the Home Grown Food Group are opening their gardens once a month from April to September at look at particular skills in growing vegetables. Heather and June are both amateur vegetable growers and want to take out some of the mystery about growing food.
For more information and dates and times go to: Skills dates
Our second Streets group started this week right in the historical heart of town, in Fishpool Street, our third was hot on its heels in the village of Kimpton Bottom, and our fourth started today on Riverside Road in the centre of St Albans.