On July 4th, the bizarre and fabulous Trashcatchers’ Carnival will hit Tooting high street!
Some months ago, I spoke to David and Malsara Thorne of Transition Town Tooting to find out about the Transition Town movement and how the plans for the carnival were coming along. It is going to be a fantastic event, so do follow their blog to find out more, and block out your diary for the 4th of July!
There will also be the Transition Town Tooting Big Launch on Monday 12th July, and the Tooting Foodival on September 19th. More information on both events will be on the Transition Town Tooting main blog.
This month I spoke to Theo Pike, Chairman of the Wandle trust.
I met up with Theo during one of the trust’s monthly Wandle cleansing sessions. Over fifty local volunteers were working hard to haul all sorts of rubbish including shopping trolleys and scooters out of the river. Here’s a selection of some of the junk they removed.
In previous City Bumpkin podcasts, I’ve spoken to container gardener Penelope Bennett, guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds, and the project manager of Deen City Farm, Ben Cheetham. Each podcast features an interview with someone pioneering a green initiative in London. It will be considerably easier for me to find such people from now on, as Nick and Mark’s Project Dirt provides a hub for such activities, bringing environmental projects and people together.
I was amazed to discover Deen City Farm just down the road from my house last year, and have been keen to find out more about it ever since.
It’s a riding school as well as a farm, with some lovely ‘growing gardens’. The site used to be used as a dumping ground, so the existing soil is contaminated. However they have cleverly got round this by using raised beds, and other planters such as shopping trolleys and old baths.
In addition to the growing gardens, the farm also has a fair amount of livestock, including an aviary, small animals enclosure, and more traditional breeds.
Ben Cheetham is the project manager for Deen City Farm. He was kind enough to invite me to the farm for an interview for another Big Smoke, Green Living podcast. (Flighty – this one is one cup of tea and two biscuits long I think).