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June Meeting this week!

Thursday: We moved the monthly meeting to Thursday, 27th June this month - so 7.30pm as usual at the Quaker Meeting House. All are very welcome, come along for a chat and see what we are up to, how you can help, or get involved. We will have the Eco Lead from Wilmslow High coming along and we're excited to hear how we can support the thousands of students at our local High School on the eco journeys.


The Lindow Art Trail (Window on Lindow)  is now officially OPEN and has 16 amazing artistic installations which form a fascinating trail around the area of the Moss. Some of us walked around on Thursday with Phil Barton, the artist, and it is quite simply wonderful. You can enjoy the walk at your own time and see the incredible installations around the route - many of which change in the light and time of day. A truly magical place that we are so privileged to have on our doorstep. You can pick up a route map at the start of the trail or see more on the website here: https://www.discoverlindow.org/art


Repair Cafe, Saturday 6th July: We're still looking for more volunteers to help organise this.  If people would like to be part of the small team, please send an email to repaircafewilmslow@gmail.com (mailto:repaircafewilmslow@gmail.com)  with details about yourself and any experience you may have had organising such events. The next one is in the halls at Wilmslow URC on Chapel Lane.


The Wilmslow Show - 7 July : We will have a stall for Lindow Moss and Transition Wilmslow at the Wilmslow Show on 7th July - could anyone offer to help? Please let Andrew know (andrew.backhouse@phonecoop.coop (mailto:andrew.backhouse@phonecoop.coop?subject=Wilmslow%20Show) ). It would be lovely to have someone who is good at design/display to help set up our stall. If we could get a few people doing a couple of hours each, that would be great! Many hands make light work.


Sunday, 28th July - WORLD BOG DAY


Can you help the Lindow Moss Bioblitz on Sunday 28^th July (World Bog Day) running from 10-5.30 on the Lindow Moss restoration site. Either help all day or part of the day. You need to be familiar with the site.


Please contact Simon Caporn for more info. 07949208983 s.j.m.caporn@mmu.ac.uk (mailto:s.j.m.caporn@mmu.ac.uk)



TREES



For those of you who attending the Climate Hustings, many of us where very interested in the questions asked by Paddy Johnson, Chair TW Tree Group


The Candidates all wanted more information and this is Paddy's Summary:


Tree Planting on Highway edges (Streets!)


The bad news


For a couple of years Transition Wilmslow Tree Group have been trying to get replacement trees planted along the streets of Wilmslow where we have lost trees.The planting on such locations is strictly controlled by Cheshire East Council (CEC and in particular their Highways Department).


Originally, we were told that planting in general was not possible as they were devising a policy. In March ’23 they finally produced an interim policy (Highway Tree Safety maintenance and inspections, and the code of Practice for Highway Tree Safety inspection). They also reported their intention to produce a Highway tree planting policy by September 2024.


The problem with this interim policy is that it lays out 13 stringent criteria for Highway planting including:


 Trees must be planted within a minimum of 1.1m verge width


 The tree must be a minimum of 3m from the edge of the carriageway.


This effectively rules out almost all existing tree planting sites within town.


The good news


The Tree group has been lobbying CEC Highway department since last December. This campaign has now also spread throughout the new organisation of tree groups across the county (Cheshire Tree Alliance). This group has now sent a letter to the Highways Department (see below) demanding that an immediate review of the interim policy is undertaken and that we must be involved in consultation regarding the new policy.


This problem was raised at the TW hustings of candidates for the election and received unanimous support from all 4 candidates to help in our efforts. The candidates were subsequently asked to demonstrate this support and all 4 have written to the council.


What can I do to support this?


If this issue and the prospective loss of trees in the towns of Cheshire is a major concern to you, please read the contents of our letter and pass on your concerns to your local councillors, prospective MPs and, most importantly, the Highways committee (as per our letter).



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