Forest garden pruning day out offer

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Folkestone memories to share?

Inaugural food group meeting

Folkestone memories to share?

Our Folkestone in Transition oral history project is aimed at capturing people’s memories of the town – how people used…

Inaugural food group meeting

Last year our Transition group was involved in many different activities, organised by a small group of people.  This year…

News

Forest garden pruning day out offer

Some of the attendees of our forest gardening visit last Summer

There is a chance to learn the art of pruning within a wonderful Forest Garden setting on Sunday, April 12th (postponed from two weeks earlier due to bad weather). We’ll meet Nigel in Woodchurch, by the village green, at 10:30 (make contact if you want to share travel). He will give a talk and demonstration…

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Thermal imaging

Our volunteers will again be carrying out our annual informal heat loss surveys of homes across Shepway during evenings in February. Using the thermal imaging camera, photographs which show the temperatures of the various outside surfaces of buildings can be used to highlight hot spots where improved insulation or other work could lead to savings…

Folkestone memories to share?

Jonathan and David

Our Folkestone in Transition oral history project is aimed at capturing people’s memories of the town – how people used to live, play, work, eat etc. Working with young film-makers, here is the first such history, a fascinating insight into the Pleasure Gardens, once a major focus on entertainment in the town. Do you have…

Inaugural food group meeting

Manure

Last year our Transition group was involved in many different activities, organised by a small group of people.  This year we hope to be even busier, but to spread the effort of organising and managing the activities more widely, by setting up  a number of new “sub groups”. This is an invitation to get involved…

Energy, food and litter-picks in focus

Some of the volunteers

Energy, food and litter-pick sub-groups have been set up as we seek to move to the next step with Folkestone in Transition and Transition Hythe. This, along with an overall enthusiasm for the Transition movement in our town, was a key outcome of the recent ‘Next Steps’ gathering. The sub-groups are intended to build on…

Moving forwards with Folkestone in Transition

Photo courtesy of Cycle Shepway

25 people gathered on Sunday morning for our Transition ‘Health Check’. The aim was to take stock of where we are, look at what we want to prioritise, discuss what has gone well and what have been the challenges, and decide how we want to organise going forwards. There was a lot of enthusiasm for…

The Organic Gardener

March organic gardening post

Grumpy the hen in action – except she’s scratching around my autumn-planted garlic and onions! Time to show her who’s really ruling the roost.

Spring is upon us and the next couple of months are a busy time of the year for us gardeners if we want to reap the fruits (and vegetables of course!) of our labour later on in the year. So now is the time to get going with planning your crop rotation (click here for…

Projects

Thermal image study

Folkestone in Transition has had access to a thermal image camera from Kent County Council for the last five years. Each year, we seek people who would like to have their houses tested for heat loss. This has been via the local press, through other groups such as the Hythe Civic Society and Rotary Club…

Inner Transition and reskilling

Passing on skills and transition of the individual are important parts of the Transition movement and we want to embrace them within Folkestone in Transition. There are likely to be elements of this within most or all of our general projects but we are also looking to run a series of courses. Those courses will…

Bug hotels

Using a collection of pallets and other material, there are now bug hotels in a number of sites in and around the area. The first two were at Folkestone Academy Primary School and St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, followed by Hythe Bay School. Bug hotels provide a place to hibernate for our threatened insect life and…

Folkestone Ecobags

We would love to drive plastics bags out of Folkestone so we are planning our first Folkestone in Transition ecobags. These will be made entirely from recycled materials, such as old jeans, other clothes and curtains. These ‘bespoke bags are beautiful and sturdy, surely a ‘must have’ environmentally friendly local fashion item! To this end,…