Kensal to Kilburn
Our group in London has drawn together a group of people covering an area from Kensal Rise (NW10) through Queens Park and over as far as Kilburn High Road (NW6). We currently have an initiating group of 7, which meets monthly to plan activity and recently were awarded a grant of almost £8,000 from Brent Council to help fund our activities and expansion.
Here are just some of the things that are going on at ttK2K:
Awareness Raising: We ran a great stall at Queens Park Day, and regularly run stalls at Queens Park Farmers Market on Sundays. We have been invited to speak to various local groups and residents associations. We host a monthly Green Drinks at Hugos on Lonsdale Road on the last Sunday of each month. We have a very active webgroup which is testing the boundaries and capabilities of ‘ning’.
Education: We run a monthly film night at the Lexi Cinema, and hold open meetings at the Constitution Club afterwards. We have a monthly Transition Handbook Club meeting in the local library.
Food Growing and Sourcing: Lots of people are interested in food. We have an Apple Picking project to try to ensure that apples in our area get picked rather than wasted. We’ve also run pruning training courses. In 2010 we have plans to Permablitz, run a Harvest Festival, set up Community Allotments and learn to keep Bees. We’re also getting good at making chutney and jams and swapping foraging tips.
Buildings and Energy: We’ve a lot of expertise about buildings and how to improve insulation and what to do about renewables. We ran our first draught busting saturday during March 2010.
Transport: Cycletastic is a cycling project based in Kilburn, regularly running Dr Bike surgeries, and encouraging more people to get riding.
Recycling: A lot of people are setting up street level recycling projects based on the Greenzones model.