HARPENDEN Transition Streets this Autumn

Will your street in HARPENDEN be a Transition Street this autumn?

  • ever wanted to know more about how to reduce your energy use?
  • wondered why we have so much waste, or why recycling seems such a challenge!
  • ever felt guilty about that dripping tap and wished you knew how to fix it – just maybe one of your neighbours could teach you!
  • ever asked yourself if buying local food really does help the environment

Transition Streets is a community based initiative based…in YOUR street – waiting for you to help get it going!

streetshouses1With a simple philosophy Transition Streets believes that a group of neighbours coming together can learn, share ideas and find out how to take small practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint – AND – enjoy getting to know each other – all free!

 

  • save money on utility bills,

  • reduce your carbon footprint

  • meet new neighbours

  • Practical ideas on reducing energy, waste and water use, share tips on home insulation, food growing and transport.

Over 13 streets have completed successfully in St Albans, coming together for 7 meetings over six months or so: and there are more starting up now.

We are hoping to start Transition Streets groups in HARPENDEN this autumn in Station Road, Crabtree Lane, Lyndhurst Drive, Dalkeith Road, Overstone Road, Glemsford Drive, Holly Walk, Weybourne Close, Attwood and a second group Cowper Road (and we have interest on many other streets in Harpenden too).

If you live on the harpenden streets mentioned above, or know someone in those streets who might be interested, You can register interest at http://transitionstalbans.org/transition-streets/register-your-interest-in-streets/

See our website for more information or the recent edition of the Harpenden Forum magazine.

This innovative Transition Streets programme is run by Transition St Albans, a not-for-profit community group aiming to make a more ennvironmentally sustainable St Albans and District

HARPENDEN Transition Streets this Autumn

Will your street in HARPENDEN be a Transition Street this autumn?

  • ever wanted to know more about how to reduce your energy use?
  • wondered why we have so much waste, or why recycling seems such a challenge!
  • ever felt guilty about that dripping tap and wished you knew how to fix it – just maybe one of your neighbours could teach you!
  • ever asked yourself if buying local food really does help the environment

Transition Streets is a community based initiative based…in YOUR street – waiting for you to help get it going!

streetshouses1With a simple philosophy Transition Streets believes that a group of neighbours coming together can learn, share ideas and find out how to take small practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint – AND – enjoy getting to know each other – all free!

 

  • save money on utility bills,

  • reduce your carbon footprint

  • meet new neighbours

  • Practical ideas on reducing energy, waste and water use, share tips on home insulation, food growing and transport.

Over 13 streets have completed successfully in St Albans, coming together for 7 meetings over six months or so: and there are more starting up now.

We are hoping to start Transition Streets groups in HARPENDEN this autumn in Station Road, Crabtree Lane, Lyndhurst Drive, Dalkeith Road, Overstone Road, Glemsford Drive, Holly Walk, Weybourne Close, Attwood and a second group Cowper Road (and we have interest on many other streets in Harpenden too).

If you live on the harpenden streets mentioned above, or know someone in those streets who might be interested, please let them know that they can register their interest at http://transitionstalbans.org/transition-streets/register-your-interest-in-streets/

streets imageSee our website for more information or the recent edition of the Harpenden Forum magazine.

This innovative Transition Streets programme is run by Transition St Albans, a not-for-profit community group aiming to make a more ennvironmentally sustainable St Albans and District

HomeGrownFood skills sharing Sat Sept 20th 2.30pm

Last skills sharing of the year!

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Are you growing food? If you are, would you like to share some tips and ideas? If not would you like to? Visit our popular skills sharing sessions – what tasks are there to do in September for your food garden?

Heather and June, experienced amateur gardeners both, are offering to show you how they grow food in their gardens. Depending on the weather and how things are growing, topics likely to be discussed and demonstrated are:

  • Composting and green manure;
  • Seed sowing, pricking out seedlings and transplanting,
  • Succession sowing, containers, soil fertility & crop rotation;
  • Watering, mulching and feeding plants;
  • Pests and diseases;
  • Harvesting & over wintering crops.

Location

Sat 20th Sept 2.30pm -Heather’s Garden – 2 The Almonds (off the Poplars), St Albans, AL1 1UZ

plan the future for local community

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Making changes for your local area: the time is now: Jeff Lewis gave an inspiring talk to the Transition St Albans Open Meeting on how local areas have the opportunity to get involved in plans for the future of their areas – through St Albans District Council Neighbourhood Planning scheme.

The council will be consulting on their scheme in the next few weeks, but if you want a look at the draft plan for consultation click the link here

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Play Streets presentation

Rob Shafer offered his advice for anyone seeking to turn their street into a ‘Play Street’ for a an hour or two each week – in Tring it has transformed his local street with residents coming out to play with the kids – building relationships as the skateboards came out.

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end of an inspiring evening

Everyone was invited to consider what changes they had made at home in order to become more environmentally friendly in their household, as part of a presentation Catherine Ross did on how to start a Transition Streets programme in your area

Making Local Needs count: community where you live

Make Local Needs Count
Getting Involved in Your Community

Wed 17th Sept 7.30pm
Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL

All welcome to this Transition st albans Open Meeting

Have you ever heard yourself say:
“Why on earth didn’t they ask us what we wanted first?!”

How can you use your knowledge and passion about your local area to make real changes that will make a difference to you and your neighbours on your street!

Jeff Lewis on Neighbourhood Planning

An exciting opportunity to hear Jeff Lewis share his energy and passion about neighbourhood planning for your own local area ensuring local needs are reflected for the future. Jeff will talk about the opportunities involved and will share his experience and learning with us – he is keen to help and encourage others to get involved and make local needs count!

“Playing Out Hertfordshire”

Rob Shafer -speaking on an initiative which allows communities to close their streets, for example for one afternoon a month so children can play safely outside.

Transition Streets programme

Catherine Ross Transition Streets co-ordinator – Practical things you can do to build relationships with your neighbours, increase your awareness of the sustainability agenda around energy, waste issues, transport, water and food, increasing neighbourhood knowledge, strengthening communities and building local resilience at the same time.

 

Making Local Needs Count - Getting Involved in your community

Making Local Needs Count – Getting Involved in your community

OpenFood Garden Event – Be Inspired! Sunday 7th Sept

Sunday 7 Sept 2014 3pm – 5pm

104 Marshalwick Lane AL1 4XE 

Free suggested donation £2

Wondering what to do on Sunday? Looking for inspiration for your food garden?

The weather forecast is sunny at 19 degrees for St Albans and perfect for a lazy afternoon inspiring visit to our OpenFoodGarden at Marshalwick Lane.

 

This large, multi-purpose garden is the last of this year’s events and we expect it to be a popular choice.

amberwithcasablancaHelen has been growing her own food at home on and off since bringing up her children, and now her grandchildren often help out in the garden. Her confidence has grown so much that she opens her garden up every year as part of Transition St Albans’ annual OpenFoodGarden programme.

The programme encourages visitors to be inspired by different food garden designs, and to get ideas, tips and techniques for growing their own food at home.

Helen is a keen volunteer with Transition St Albans and is especially involved with the Food Group. “Eating your own produce is glorious,” she says, “and my favourite is purple-sprouting broccoli, or anything that grows well.” Her other successes in the garden this year have been green beans, tomatoes and Swiss chard.

The garden, which has a range of shrubs, lawn and seating area, includes fruit trees, with a recently planted quince, and soft fruit including a jostaberry, raspberries and blackberries.

squashThere are narrow beds for vegetables with sea kale, purple sprouting broccoli, courgettes and leeks) and a few potatoes are grown in potato sacks. Lettuce and endives are also grown.

 

Compost and Wildlife

The garden has several composters and water butts and many features to attract birds and other wildlife, including a small pond.

Go For It!

Asked if she has any tips for budding food gardeners she simply says: “Go for it! It’s worth being able to grow your own, even if it’s only a few salad leaves, just for the pleasure and the taste”.

Come to this Sunday afternoon event
If you would like to get inspired and visit Helen’s garden, come along on Sunday 7th September, drop in anytime between 3-5pm – and she would be delighted to show you around.

Parking and Transport

There is free parking in the Quadrant car park opposite the house. Bikes can be left securely in the garden. Buses S2 and S3 run nearby. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Free entry with suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.
Open Food Gardens Summer programme: click for website page for more information -

See longer article on Helen’s garden – click here

 

 

 

 

 

HomeGrownFood skills sharing this Saturday

Are you growing food? If you are, would you like to share some tips and ideas? If not, would you like to? TSA free skills sharing session is an informal way to get tips and advice and share ideas  about growing food, whether you have a garden or a window-sill June and Heather will guide you through seasonal advice.

Saturday 6th Sept 2.30pm
June’s Garden – 23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 0UB

Saturday 20th Sept 2.30pm
Heather’s Garden – 2 The Almonds (off the Poplars), St Albans, AL1 1UZ

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Heather and June, experienced amateur gardeners both, are offering to show you how they grow food in their gardens. This month is your last opportunity this year to explore practical things to do right now in your garden.

The sessions are informal, small, friendly opportunities to meet with gardeners who love to share their enthusiasm and expertise on growing food. These sessions last about one hour and have been very popular this summer.

Depending on the weather and how things are growing, topics likely to be discussed and demonstrated are:

  • Composting and green manure;
  • Seed sowing, pricking out seedlings and transplanting
  • Succession sowing, containers, soil fertility & crop rotation;
  • Watering, mulching and feeding plants;
  • Pests and diseases;
  • Harvesting & over wintering crops.