Friday, 26 March 2010

Earth Hour

On Saturday 27th March at 8.30pm local time people across the planet are being encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour.

Earth Hour is a very visual support for action on climate change and reducing energy usage. Individuals, organisations, companies and Governments are getting involved and it's estimated 1 billion people will turn off their lights.

Have a look at the Earth Hour website for some great videos and ideas for Earth Hour:

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

In Transition - film screening

On Thursday 25th March at 7.30pm Transition Scilly is showing the film In Transition. This is a film from about the theory and practice of Transition initiatives in the UK and around the world.

We'll also be showing an excellent talk that Rob Hopkins gave at the TED talks last July about the concept of Transition. He speaks very well and the production is superb.

Both are being screened at the Old Wesleyan Chapel on St Mary's. Entry is free and everyone is welcome - tea and cakes as per usual! Donations appreciated to cover costs.

If you can't make it you can watch In Transition here:

and the TED talk here:

Monday, 15 March 2010

Community orchard

On Sunday 7th March Transition Scilly organised a work session to plant the new Community Orchard at Trenoweth on St Mary's.

Over a dozen members, plus a dozen of the Five Island School's Green Team helped plant 58 trees, including apples, sweet chestnuts, plum, medlar, hazels and greengage. Every tree has has a mulch mat around it to stop weeds and a tree guard to stop rabbits gnawing at the bark.

It was a very productive day with lots of enthusiasm and a good basis for continued development of the orchard. At two thirds of an acre we think this is now the single largest orchard on Scilly and in five years time should be producing a significant amount of fruit. In 25 years time it should be producing tons! Those who help maintain the orchard get a share of the harvest.

Furthermore we hope this will stimulate the resurgence of a strong orchard culture on the Islands, with more people planting, maintaining trees and using the fruit from them. More on that to come later in the year.

For those who are interested, here's a list of what's been planted. All have been selected for taste and disease resistance, and many have wonderfully evocative names displaying a rich heritage.

Apples on MM106 (semi-vigorous rootstock) - mixture of eaters, cookers and cider
  • Adams Pearmain x 2
  • Ashmeads Kernel x 2
  • Egremont Russet x 3
  • Fiesta x 3
  • King of the Pippins x 3
  • Lemon Pippin x 3
  • Lucombes Pine x 2
  • Newton Wonder x 2
  • Plum Vite x 2
  • Rosemary Russet x 3
  • Scrumptious x 3
  • Tom Putt x 2
  • Winter King x 2
Apples on M26 (semi-dwarfing rootstock) - mixture of eaters, cookers and cider
  • Ashmeads Kernel x 1
  • Beauty of Bath x 1
  • Blenheim Orange x 1
  • Cheddar Cross x 1
  • Court Pendu Plat x 1
  • Egremont Russet x 2
  • Grenadier x 1
  • John Standish x 1
  • Katy x 1
  • Newton Wonder x 1
  • Pinova x 1
  • Stirling Castle x 1
  • Sunset x 1
  • Taylors x 1
Sweet Chestnuts
  • Belle Epine x 2
  • Bournette x 2
  • Marlhac x 2
  • Butler x 1
  • Corabel x 1
  • Opal
  • Nottingham
  • Oullins Golden Gage

Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Vanishing Bees

The honey bee has been the subject of much concerned and detailed scientific scrutiny over the past few years due to massive losses in bee populations. Bees not only provide us with honey, but are hugely important in pollinating crops - anything from apples and apricots to beans and strawberries.

The Vanishing of the Bees is a new film that uncovers some of the facts behind "colony collapse disorder" and unexplained bee losses.

Transition Scilly are showing the film on Thursday 11th March at 7.30pm in the Old Wesleyan Chapel on St Mary's. Entry is free and all are welcome.

If you can't make the film evening the DVD will be available in St Mary's library after the event.

Here's the trailer: