About AlunW

Alun lives in Werrington and is a regular volunteer at the Green Backyard.

We are now official!

This morning the PinT email account received an email from Mike Thomas, the new Transition Initiative Support Coordinator to let us know that Peterborough in Transition is now an “official” transition initiative! The email is quite long and has lots of helpful information in it. For example, if we ever want to become a more formal group, we may find it helpful to look at the resources directory on the Transition Website: we might be able to find the constitutions adopted by other initiatives.  Similarly if we want to start new projects (Energy or Transport for example) we may find it helpful to look in the projects database: we may be able to learn from what others have done, or maybe even get in touch to arrange a visit! Mike also suggests that we list our events on the Transition Network site.

I’ve also mentioned several times recently that it would be good to get more people blogging more frequently on our website. Did you know that articles from our site now also appear on our initiative profile on the Transition Network site? Mike has taken a look at our site, and especially liked our wild food map.

We’re still mullers

Have you ever visited the main Transition Network website?  Peterborough in Transition has its own page on the site. If you visit our page there you will see near the top of the page, that our status is “Muller”, whereas our nearest rivals in Stamford are an “Official” transition initiative, as is Kings Cliffe.  One of the prerequisites for Peterborough in Transition to become an official Transition initiative is for us to have four people who are registered on the site as “core team” members. So, have you thought about registering as a user?

Registering is fairly straight forward, and is similar to creating a profile on facebook or Project Dirt. Here for example is my profile.

Once we have done that we can think about the next step, which involves filling in a “Criteria Response Form”, and either satisfying the various criteria (there are 16 of them), or at least coming up with good reasons why we think some of them don’t apply to us. This is likely to be quite a lengthy process, but, let’s hope, a helpful one.

Other things we can think about doing:

  • Posting events like our ceilidh as a Transition event. The instructions for doing that are here.
  • Creating content on the site. For example, we might want to create a project for the food shop at the Green Backyard.

Hydrocarbon development by Parliamentary Constituency

In September parliament issued a briefing paper on shale gas and fracking. At the end of the paper there is a list, by constituency, of all the places where Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDL) had been granted by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) as of Aug 2013. Although Peterborough is not on the list, many nearby places are (including Stamford). The following brief extract from the briefing may help you to understand the significance of a PEDL.

Oil and gas extraction starts with an exploration phase, which may include performing seismic surveys. A test bore may be drilled, to explore what is really underground and how rich the deposits are at different depths and formations. Only then might a company seek to move on to a phase of extraction or ‘development’.

DECC outlines the onshore licensing system on its oil and gas website.
These existing licenses, now that unconventional hydrocarbons are more attractive, may be re-examined for their potential. This will often be in terms of seismic surveys initially, but then possibly moving on to test drilling, where drills may be continued, through where conventional reservoirs are expected to be, to see if shale beds also have potential.
DECC advises that there is no a firm distinction between exploration for shale gas and exploration for other targets. Some companies who are drilling mainly for conventional oil and gas have decided to drill deeper than they otherwise might have, in order to see whether there is prospective shale in their licensed areas (coring is all that is envisaged in these cases and no fracking is involved).

Here then, with duplicates removed, is the list of constituencies where PEDLs have been granted:

Aberavon, Airdrie and Shotts, Altrincham and Sale, West Alyn and Deeside, Amber Valley, Arundel and South Downs, Ashfield, Barnsley Central, Barnsley East, Basingstoke, Bassetlaw, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Beverley and Holderness, Bexhill and Battle, Birkenhead, Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Blackpool South, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Bolsover, Bolton West, Bootle, Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West, Brecon and Radnorshire, Bridgend, Brigg and Goole, Bristol East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bromley and Chislehurst, Broxtowe, Burton, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Canterbury, Cardiff West, Carlisle, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carshalton and Wallington, Charnwood, Chesterfield, Chichester, Chorley, Christchurch, City of Chester, Cleethorpes, Clwyd South, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Congleton, Crawley, Crewe and Nantwich, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Cynon Valley, Dartford, Delyn, Don Valley, Doncaster Central, Doncaster North, Dover, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Dunfermline and West Fife, East Dunbartonshire, East Surrey, East Yorkshire, Eddisbury, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Elmet and Rothwell, Epsom and Ewell, Erewash, Falkirk, Fareham, Folkestone and Hythe, Fylde, Gainsborough, Garston and Halewood, Gedling, Glasgow North East, Glenrothes, Gower, Grantham and Great Grimsby, Stamford, Haltemprice and Howden, Halton, Havant, Hemsworth, Horsham, Isle of Wight, Kingston and Surbiton, Kingston upon Hull East, Kingston upon Hull North, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Kingswood, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Knowsley, Lancaster and Fleetwood, Leigh, Lewes, Lewisham West and Penge, Lichfield, Lincoln, Linlithgow and East Falkirk , Liverpool Wavertree, Llanelli, Loughborough, Louth and Horncastle, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Makerfield, Mansfield, Meon Valley, Mid Derbyshire, Mid Dorset and North Poole, Mid Sussex, Middlesbrough, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland, Mitcham and Morden, Mole Valley, Monmouth, Morley and Outwood, Motherwell and Wishaw, Neath, New Forest West, Newark, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newport East, Newport West, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, North Dorset, North East Derbyshire, North East Fife, North East Hampshire, North East Somerset, North Shropshire, North Somerset, North West Hampshire, Nottingham East, Nottingham North, Nottingham South, Ochil and South Perthshire, Ogmore, Old Bexley and Sidcup, Orpington, Penrith and The Border, Pontypridd, Poole, Portsmouth North, Preston, Redcar, Reigate, Rhondda, Ribble Valley, Richmond (Yorks), Richmond Park, Romsey and Southampton North, Rother Valley, Runnymede and Weybridge, Rushcliffe, Rutland and Melton, Salford and Eccles, Scarborough and Whitby, Scunthorpe, Sefton Central, Selby and Ainsty, Sevenoaks, Sherwood, Sleaford and North Hykeham, Slough, Somerton and Frome, South Dorset, South Ribble, South Staffordshire, South Thanet, South West Surrey, Southport, St Helens, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stirling, Stockton North, Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Streatham, Stretford and Urmston, Sutton and Cheam, Swansea East, West Tamworth, Tatton, Telford, The Wrekin, Thirsk and Malton, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Vale of Glamorgan, Warrington North, Warrington South, Wealden, Weaver Vale, Wells, Wentworth and Dearne, West Dorset, West Lancashire, Weston-Super-Mare, Wigan, Wimbledon, Winchester, Windsor, Wirral South, Wirral West, Worsley and Eccles South, Wrexham, Wyre and Preston North, Wythenshawe and Sale East, York Central, York Outer

Birch tapping with the brew club!

Peterborough in Transition’s brand new brew club has kicked off in Birch tapping style. On Friday we went to a secret location to give the ancient art of Birch tapping a go. In the UK, you can tap both Birch and Lime trees for their sap which can be used for a variety of brewing uses, being a base for both beers and wine.

It’s an ancient technique; birch sap can makes a delicious tea or nourishing soft-drink. Boiled down to make a sweet syrup it can be used as a flavouring agent in sauces and marinades for meat, fish or in baking as an alternative to other sweeteners. In many countries, Birch syrup is used as an herbal medicine with antiseptic, anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.

As the cold weather extended right into the spring the sap was rising slightly later than usual, meaning that we would harvest it in mid-April. If you want more information there are a variety of guides on the web including this one: http://naturalpathways.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/how-to-tap-a-birch-tree/.

The brew club is really informal but if you would like to get involved then just email transitionpeterborough at gmail dot com. The next brew on the list is Dandelion champagne, followed by Japanese Knotweed beer…brewing can be a legitimate conservation activity after all!

On another drinking note, everyone is invited to come along to the monthly Green Drinks held at the Ostrich Inn. Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/535295789862084/.

Visit to Transition Heathrow

On 13th April a group of us will be visiting Transition Heathrow. If you are interested in coming along then please get in touch via our usual email address (see the about page). This is the first of a series of visits we have planned for the year. We’re also hoping to visit Organic Lea, Nottingham, and planning a weekend trip to Manchester to visit Manchester Veg People.

We’ll be publishing more details of these and other events when dates and times are confirmed. Check our event calendar.