Volunteering day at our Orchard in Walmer Gardens – Saturday 26th September

Due toHyacinthoides_non-scripta_(Common_Bluebell) the success of our clear up days we are holding another one on Saturday 26th September from 10am – 12pm.  This time we are going to be planting some spring bulbs to help attract the bees (Ealing Transition have their beehives at the back of the Orchard)

Walmer Gardens Map (head for the entrance to April Cottage, it looks like you are walking up the drive and then turn left.  The Orchard is enclosed in fencing)

If you are free then come along to Walmer Gardens with your garden gloves, secateurs and/or loppers. Clearing is quite hard work and only suitable for children over the age of 12. Please contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com or 07736857700 for further information, otherwise we will see you there on the day!
If you can’t help with clearing, but have a car and would be willing to take garden rubbish to the dump please contact me or turn up at the Orchard on the day.

We are also looking for more expert volunteers, so if you know a bit about apples/pears and could help with picks in the next couple of weeks please email me.

Many thanks and hope to see you on the day!


WEN Abundance

-3.5c and we were still up for pruning our West Ealing Orchard

Oh yes we at WEN Abundance and Ealing Transition are a hardy lot!  We braved the freezing cold on Saturday 4th February to be part of a pruning workshop at our lovely little Orchard at Walmer Gardens. The London Orchard Project are doing a fantastic job helping us and brought in an expert to guide us through the day.

With some dedicated volunteers and support – including Jon Skoyles, Ealing Park Ranger, this Orchard has undergone a complete transformation. It will take a couple more years of pruning, planting and caring for the place but we know it will be worth bringing this place back to life.

Next up is the beehive Ealing Transition will be setting up around April – I’ll let you know exact dates when confirmed should anyone be interested in coming along.

Here are some pictures of the day.

Come along to Ealing Transition re-skilling day and party! 1st October 2011

WEN Abundance are going to be at this first re-skilling event run by Ealing Transition at St Mary’s Church, South Ealing Road.  I’ll provide exact start times when I have them.

The event is a great way to learn a new skill and we will specifically be passing on our jam making expertise to anyone interested in learning!  Other activities include:

  • How to knit
  • Hands-on health
  • Bee keeping
  • Introduction to foraging – talk and walk
  • Plug in and switch off!
  • Make do and mend
  • Pizza baking / bread making

They will be building a clay pizza oven in the week prior to the event, and there will also be a photo exhibition of the building process.

This will be followed by a party from 6-10pm (what better way to build a sense of community?) This will include a live a capella group and dancing (as well as a variety of locally-sourced beverages).

Community Tree Planting Day Sunday 21st November 11am – 3pm

This is a fantastic event organised by Ealing Transition and Friends of Blondin Park on Sunday 21st November from 11am – 3pm at Blondin Park Nature Reserve. There will be a selection of fruit and nut trees that will need planting on the day so come along wearing your best wellies, bring your spade and plant a tree! Lovely warming soup will be available to keep you going. And even if you can only spare an hour the organisers would still love to see you.

Blondin Park is at the southern end of Northfield Avenue W5 and can be entered via Blondin or Niagara Avenues, Boston Manor Road or Windmill Road. Buses: E2, E3, E8. Email: info@friendsofblondin.org.uk

Flyer for tree planting event Sunday 21st November

Ealing Transition Town – Food Event – Sat 21st November

If you’re interested in the importance of local food then Ealing Transition’s Local Food event on Saturday 21st November may be for you. Whether you are interested in selling it, growing it or eating it you’re invited to come along and shape the future of food in Ealing. The event is aimed at everybody: families, policy makers, local businesses and schools.

The event will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall in St Mary’s Road Ealing and will run from 10.30am to 4pm. For more details and online booking visit http://www.ealingtransition.org.uk

West Ealing Neighbours will be there with our stall selling jams and chutneys and we will also be talking at the event about what our plans are for 2010.

Hope to see you there!