We’ll be spreading the word about Harvestshare and all our other great projects this weekend – 26th and 27th September 2015 – at Mary Arden’s Farm at Wilmcote near Stratford. We still need help picking apples in their lovely orchard on Saturday morning and on the stall, especially on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to meet folk, have a go at apple pressing, sell some cloth bags, juice and jams and generally have a good time.
Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge gets under way this weekend Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2013 at the Stratford River Festival.
The Plastic Challenge is simple. Monitor the plastic that comes into your life through shopping over the course of a week – then see whether you can cut out some of that plastic the following week.
This year’s Plastic Challenge Fortnight will run from Monday 8 July to Sunday 21 July (though you can take the Challenge at any time convenient to you). To encourage people to sign up for the Challenge, Transition Stratford is giving away a free shopping bag, hand-made by local volunteers from fabric remnants, to the first 100 to sign up for the Plastic Challenge at the River Festival.
There’ll also be leaflets on ways to reduce and recycle plastic, a game for children, and demonstrations of bag making – you can even have a go at making a bag yourself!
And Transition Stratford will be launching its Crafty Plastic Beasts competition for children. Can they make a – real or imaginary – beast by reusing plastic? Competition entries can be made at home and brought to Transition Stratford’s stall at the Crafty Beasts event which will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July at Mary Arden’s farm, Wilmcote, near Stratford. Or children can have a go at making a beast there.
There will be prizes for three age groups – under 8, 8-12 and 13-16. Winners will be judged by Vikki Holroyd, Director of WEAVE Recycle, and the prizes will be a year’s free membership of the WEAVE Recycle centre in Leamington Spa.
Hundreds of people enjoyed the glorious sunshine last weekend – Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October – when they visited Transition Stratford’s Harvest Share stand at the Apple Days event at Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote.
Visitors saw apple juice being made using Transition Stratford’s apple press – and enjoyed themselves by sampling the results! They also had the opportunity to buy apple juice, jams and chutneys made from fruit collected by the Harvest Share scheme – and everything sold out by Sunday afternoon.
There was also great interest – especially from children – in a display of over 50 apples currently in fruit in the orchard at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where Harvest Share volunteers collect fruit every Saturday morning. Leaflets about Harvest Share and other food projects run by Transition Stratford disappeared as quickly as the Harvest Share produce.
Transition Stratford’s Harvest Share scheme collects unwanted fruit from gardens and orchards in and around Stratford upon Avon and distributes it free to local care homes and children’s groups, as well as arranging for surpluses to be processed and preserved. Since the 2011 scheme started in August, over 2 tonnes of local fruit have been saved from waste by the scheme.