Over the summer we finally completed our Pleasance Garden with a shiny community noticeboard, which is now on display in Rugby town centre with lots of info on sustainable living and climate action. We'll aim to keep this updated every 3 months or so. If you have something relevant you'd like to share on our noticeboard, we'll display it for free, just send us an email. We had our final volunteer maintenance session on Saturday 12th November, weeding and composting ready to start again in the Spring.
Following a well deserved summer break, Transition Town Rugby were back in action at the Rugby Food Festival, with our popup Climate Emergency Centre this time focussed on food growing as a way to take action. Growing your own food has all kinds of exceptional benefits, as shown on the poster made for the event. Lots of people stoppped to take a look and many were especially interested in our Rugby Food Gardens Network.
July seems to be the month of public consultations, with two important draft strategies released that should be of interest to anyone in Rugby with an interest in the town's sustainable future; we encourage all of our members to take a look and use their voice:
Rugby Borough Council have released their long-awaited Climate Strategy and Action Plan. This should lay out how the local government aims to tackle the serious effects of climate change in the future, and will hopefully make our town more resilient. You can read the strategy and leave your feedback by following the link
Warwickshire County Council have released their 'Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan', on the back of a public survey to identify how cycling and walking can be upgraded across the whole county. You can read the full plans and leave your feedback by following the link.
This month's activity has been dominated by the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with TTR attending two events; the GEC Fun Day at the GEC Rec in Eastlands on 4th June, followed by our own 'Planting For the Queen' event on 11th June.
The Fun Day, while a bit quiet due to the British weather, was a great opportunity to debut our Climate Emergency Popup, which features information and events in Rugby, and will be continually updated and evolved - follow the link to find out more about this project as well as details on how you could make use of this community resource.
The following weekend we welcomed the Mayor of Rugby to the improved Pleasance Herb Garden in the Town Centre. Volunteers showed up to donate and plant edible plants, including herbs, vegetables and fruit, which will be free for all passer's by to help themselves. Our new pop-up Climate Emergency Hub was also on-hand for people to visit.
Tidying and planting sessions take place monthly throughout the year and all are welcome to join
Besides preparing for our upcoming events in June and working to finalise The Pleasance Garden with our long-awaited noticeboard, we've also taken some time to update the Rugby Food Gardens map. Just one way in which we are trying to link up the various excellent growing projects and communities around the borough. Take a look, and if you know of onw which we have missed you can add it by filling in the form.
Annual General Meeting Reports
The AGM was held at The Grosvenor Hotel on Thursday 28th April. It was great to review our achievements over the last 12 months and to reflect that, despite the challenges, we are making progress towards our vision "To transition Rugby and the surrounding area and community towards a sustainable and ethical future, resilient to the challenges posed by climate change and the impact of human activities on the environment." Alex presented a summary of the last year (below) and Becca reported on finances which are in good shape. Finally, officers were elected as follows:
Chair - Carrie Pailthorpe
Vice-chair - Neil Sandison
Treasurer - Becca Stevenson
Secretary - Alex Becker
The complete meeting minutes and reports can be found on the AGM 2022 page.
Upgraded Edible Garden Launched!
The Pleasance Herb Garden is officially up and running again, thanks to the work of a dozen volunteers and funding from WCC's Green Shoots Fund. In our first planting session, we have added several fruit bushes in addition to returning the variety of herbs that were there before. These will now be easily accessed from the raised beds, for anyone to help themselves. There will be regular planting and maintenance sessions in the future, you can find out more here.
We hope that we will soon also be installing a community noticeboard in the same place, which will be primarily for promoting green and environmental going-on within the Borough.
27th January 2022
First Meeting of the Year
Our first meeting back in the new year was greeted with several new faces - a big thank you to those who joined us and we hope to see more next month!
Full minutes can be viewed here, but some highlights of the meeting included:
Initial planning discussion of an 'Eco Fayre' to take place in late April/early May time - several organisations from around Rugby are interested
Work on the Pleasance Herb Garden due to start this week
Suggestions for further developments to the Viaduct Mound area follwing on from last year's successful tree planting