Ann Hunter, Liberal Democrat councillor for Willesden Green, was among 30 people who attended the first meeting of ‘Transition Willesden’, a new eco-minded community group in the Willesden area, on Tuesday 7th June.
The group came up with exciting ideas to help make local life more sustainable and community-minded. Suggestions ranged from the imaginative to the social and practical (food-growing, green book clubs, gardening and craft workshops).
Working with local schools and involving them in food-growing projects was high on the new group’s agenda, as was ‘greening’ the forecourt of the local Sainsbury’s in Willesden, involving community members.
Viv Stein, Dollis Hill resident who set up the Transition Willesden group says,
“I was inspired and overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and ideas generated by local residents in the Willesden area who are ready, willing and able to get involved with some really exciting green projects. We had people from all over Willesden, Dollis Hill, Cricklewood and even Kingsbury come along. Transition is all about local communities coming together to find their own solutions to the very real problems of rising food and fuel prices, and preparing us for the end of the oil age.”
Ann Hunter said:
“This was such an exciting meeting, to see so many new faces and hear so many innovative ideas, from fruit tree planting and picking to gardening projects, from food projects to cycle maintenance. I couldn’t believe I was still in the pub at 11 o’clock, but the energy was fantastic. A really joyful beginning to the whole project! Watch this space. Willesden will be greener!”
A second meeting of Transition Willesden is set for 14th July.