Larks in the Parks, Fleetville, Sunday 20th June

On Sunday 20th June 2010, we ran a Transition St Albans stall at Larks in the Parks in Fleetville.

We had lots of things on display, and also many things to give away courtesy of STACC, St Albans City and District Council (SADC) and several of our members.

Because the weather forecast looked a bit iffy, Melvyn and Heather got us a big scouts tent, conform with the scouts motto “Be prepared”. Come to think of it, that could also be Transition’s motto!

The tent gave us lots of space to lay out our displays, knowing that everything would be safe in case of rain. Fortunately, the weather improved substantially as the day went by.

Because in Transition we would like to see more people starting to grow some of their own food, Dave and Heather brought a box full of beans, a bunch of small pots, some compost and water. We had people plant a bean in a pot, water it and take the pot away to see the bean grow at home. Dave even threw in some instruction leaflets explaining how to care for the bean plant.

Given that it was Bike Week, STACC and SADC supplied us with lots of material on cycling, including copies of the Bike Week programme of events and of the brand new cycling map for St Albans District. STACC’s tricycle outside our tent also drew some attention.

In addition to the cycling maps, we had Seasonal Veg calendars to give away, and HEEP scheme leaflets (Hertfordshire and Essex Energy Partnership energy efficiency grants and advice) and other energy and resource-use awareness leaflets, all received from SADC.

In preparation for project Abundance in Autumn (more on that later), we were interested to find out from visitors if they knew of any fruit trees on public land or in back gardens in St Albans, and we asked them to indicate where the trees were on a map.

There’s more that I could mention here:  the “Made From Oil/Not Made From Oil” game, a children’s play area, display boards with photos of past events, “royal visit” to our tent by the King and Queen of Mad Hatters (this year’s theme for Larks was “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”) …

Just have a quick look at our pictures of Larks here.

Thanks to everybody who helped with the stall and to all who came to visit.

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