Originally founded and led by Rakesh in 2011, Transition Pimlico was centred on the Churchill Gardens Estate, off Lupus St.
Being both a practitioner and a teacher, many of the projects under Transition Pimlico had a pedagogical element.
The initial round of projects included a Community Food Growing Project designed according to Permaculture principles with estate residents keen to learn to grow food (see link below), a Transition Pimlico (wholefood) Food Coop, Rakesh additionally offered Tree I.D. and wild food foraging walks. A Forest / Nature Garden was started (but not without challenges) within the Churchill Garden Estate, which is now a flourishing, peaceful space. There were also some skillshares following ‘open space’ methodology that Rakesh facilitated at Pimlico library, including a memorable one on greywater systems, and a low maintenance rooftop garden on the roof of the Light Centre on Eccleston Street, nearby (https://lightcentre.com ). Rakesh arranged to collect waste materials from the Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Art & Design and the Chelesa flower show as well, which were used in various gardens and projects. We also hosted events on the grounds of Tate Britain highlighting the need to create habitat for the 250 types of bees in the UK and not just the honey bee, and another session highlighting the environmental impact of giving preference to honey bees.
Sadly, after Rakesh had to leave Pimlico towards the end of 2012 to attend to important family matters, the group fell apart.
I am currently giving serious consideration and energy to reviving this group, with Rakesh’s blessing and support. He has said that he is happy to help initiate and be a member of the team, at least initially. We are at a very early stage, identifying (and reconnecting with?) Key people and mapping who and what is already there…
Anyone local to Pimlico / Westminster South for work, study or who lives there and is interested in getting involved is most welcome to contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or my personal email : email@example.com