Ilford Transition Town
We are based in Ilford, in East London. We started in 2014, we are engaged in several different projects, including community energy, sustainable food growing, a food cooperative, a Forest Garden, tree planting and wildlife gardening. We are always looking for new members and new ways to engage the public in Transition.
Our most successful project is the Food Fest – an annual event which for the past 3 years has brought together local enthusiasts – both individuals and organisations, to share skills and information to help people grow and share their own food. We’ve run workshops on how to grow edibles, composting, growing microgreens, fermentation and pickling as well as seed saving.
We have run an awareness event on caring for the earth in a local primary school to show children the importance of helping to protect the environment.
We’ve also run a Christmas organic vegetables project at a local shop.
In the summer of 2019, we participated in the Green Fair, Ilford’s very own green festival. We organised workshops there on a multitude of subjects such as composting, campaigning, fermenting, herbal teas, upcycling, using cloth nappies and seed sharing and also supported a repair cafe.
Our Community Energy working group is focused on advising community buildings on how to change to LED lights and is currently exploring a partnership to set up a Solar for Schools project locally.
Our most recent and active project is the creation of a Forest Garden in Valentine’s Park, a local and well attended park. We managed to secure a site with the help of the park keeper. This project is now in the design stage and we hope to get some funding to buy tools, plants and the expertise of our very own local Permaculture teacher.
We also planted a wildlife garden in the car park of a local church and have organised several tree planting events. During lockdown members did short videos on making cuttings, composting and other gardening themes. We also offered free seeds and seedlings for people to take.
Our Food Coop allows members to buy organic foods at a reasonable price. It regularly does orders for organic and environmentally friendly projects from Infinity foods
The Group meets each month, currently on Zoom. New people and new ideas for projects are always welcome.
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