Faversham Permaculture Day

Transition Town Faversham are hosting a permaculture skill-sharing and networking event on Sunday 22nd July between 10am and 4pm, at the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham.

There will be a number of talks and workshops throughout the day, including permaculture sessions with Aranya and Jo Barker, soap making, bee keeping, willow weaving, growing perennial vegetables, and John Rudgard on sustainability at his permaculture smallholding Rifleman Cottage in Ludenham. Aranya will also be talking about his recently published book – ‘Permaculture Design – A step by step guide’.

This event is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and see what’s happening permaculture-wise in and around Faversham. Visitors will also be able to explore the Abbey Physic Community Garden, and see permaculture in action.

Hot food, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available as well as a selection of plants, vegetables and handmade crafts to buy.  This event is FREE, although donations towards the running of the day will be welcome 🙂

Please contact James Thorn if you’re interested in attending, so we can get an idea of numbers.

Community Gardening Round up

Come and join in!

Community Gardening is really taking off in Whitstable. The raised beds outside the library are full to bursting and the Stream Walk Community garden is being transformed. But we still need lots of helpers to keep them going. Especially as both have been entered in the Whitstable in Bloom competition. Come and drop in to our sessions, meet new friends and feel part of these exciting projects.

  • Stream Walk has sessions on Tuesdays 12 – 4pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm. Tea provided! The Community Garden can be found along the Stream Walk footpath between Cromwell Road and Old Bridge Rd. in Whitstable. There is no need to book, you can simply turn up.
  • The Library raised beds next session is on 26 June, late morning to early afternoon.

See you there.

UK ministers ignored ‘peak oil’ warnings, report shows

“Report reveals threat of civil unrest from energy shortages, which has been played down as ‘alarmist’ by ministers”, says Terry Macalister in The Guardian today.

“The government was warned by its own civil servants two years ago that there could be “significant negative economic consequences” to the UK posed by near-term “peak oilenergy shortages.” Read the full article by clicking on the link above or go straight to the report.

Don’t forget, we can’t rely on our government, whoever is in charge, to prepare us for the coming energy shortage. We have to do it ourselves and getting involved in your local Transition Town initiative is a great way of doing this.

Learn about the Environment at Hambrook Marshes

Kent Enterprise Trust is running a number of outdoor course days at their peaceful site close to the heart of Canterbury, giving you the opportunity to learn about Kent’s abundant wildlife and how to use natural materials sustainably. You can learn in small relaxed groups from their knowledgeable teachers.

The days start at 10am and continue to 4pm, weather dependant. They provide teas, tools and materials, but ask you to bring lunch and wear old clothes and suitable footwear.

Hambrook Marshes is on the banks of the River Stour and can be reached via the Riverside Retail Park next the Wincheap Park and Ride in Canterbury. Follow the bridge over the river.

Further information and booking form.

Transition Network News – June

Check out the latest newsletter from the network.


~ May Transition World Round-up
~ US Edition – May Transition World Round-up
~ Draught-Busting Workshops
~ Bicycles for community building
~ Transitioner selected for Yellow Pages cover
~ Transition Network Diversity Newsletter May 2011
~ Social Reporting Pilot Call To Action
~ An update on ‘In Transition 2.0’ the film
~ UK Allotment Waiting Lists 2011 Report
~ Free Trees For Communities
~ No More Need to Talk to Talk About Peak Oil?
~ Transition and Activism
~ Transition and Entertainment
~ When Is a Meeting Not a Meeting?
~ Toads Talk Transport
Quote of the Month

Dirty Weekend a Great Success.

Lots of volunteers made the Dirty Weekend at the Stream Walk Community Garden a great success last Saturday. Everyone mucked in with building the raised beds and filling them with earth, compost and then seeds. Tomatoes were just one of the crops planted at the 1/2 acre site. For more info see the article on the thisiskent website.

Have a look at our calendar for volunteer sessions in the coming weeks, we will be there on Be Nice to Nettles Day on Saturday 28 May.

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Be Nice to Nettles Day

Saturday 28 May

Celebrate the common nettle as part of national Be Nice to Nettles Week and discover there’s more to nettles than just their sting!

Whitstable Museum, Oxford Street

Morning: Displays about the many uses of nettles, and hands-on activities.

Free, drop-in event for all ages(10.00–13.00)


13.45 – Grasping the Nettle: an Introduction

14.30 – Knitting With Nettles

15.15 – Nettle Folklore and Uses

Call 01227 276 998 to book the talks.

Adults £2.50, Museum Friends £2, accompanied children free.


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Latest News from Edible Whitstable

Read the latest Edible Whitstable Newsletter

Issue 8 : May 2011

Greetings food folk! Early spring and blossom which bodes well for later foraging. Lots of food news to note since our last issue; the anti-Tesco protest in Bristol last month, planning applications for battery rabbit farms across the country and allegations from Unite of sweatshop labour down the road at Thanet Earth. Locally there is distress at the doubling of allotment charges, while at national level it appears that the government might be having second thoughts about releasing local authorities from their obligation to provide allotments.

But there are reasons to be cheerful in Whitstable as Transition Town’s growing projects are blooming.

Dirty Weekend in Whitstable – all Welcome

You’ve seen the vegetable beds at the library, you love the Farmers Market – now we’re expanding to a half acre site for community use!

There’s a working day at Whitstable’s wonderful new Stream Walk Community Garden this coming Saturday, May 21st 10am-2pm.

Lots of compost to shovel, hedges to trim, tea to make as well as a bit of carpentry. More info at http://www.permaculture.org.uk/whats-going-on/event/work-day/dirty-weekend-whitstable-compost-shovelling-day-2011-05-21. We’ll be getting ready for planting the raised beds and building a compost loo.

If you can’t make it, there are regular sessions every 3rd Satuday of the month, 10am – 2pm and also every Tuesday from 12 – 4pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes the thought of having an allotment and either can’t move up the list fast enough or doesn’t want the full responsiblity of their own plot or doesn’t know how to get started with growing their own veg and fruit – or if you just want to come and join in with the community garden.

Hope to see loads of you there – whatever your gardening skills.

Becky and Bear

Clothes Swap Evening @ Horsebridge Centre

Friday 20th May 7pm

Swapping, recycling, making do, call it what you will but clothes swapping is in!

Bring any clothes and/or accessories that you would be proud to pass to a fellow swapper, take away as many things as you bring along. A fun way to update your wardrobe and make new friends. An informal evening based on good will and a love of free clothes! We would love to see you there.

Children are very welcome, feel free to bring along children’s clothes to swap too.

Entry £3 – No need to book just come along!