Carbon Conversations

A trained “Carbon Conversations” facilitator is moving to Peterborough in January and will be joining Peterborough in Transition. He would love to be able to run a Carbon Conversations course in the city, but each course needs to have two facilitators. So, is there a Peterborough in Transition member who would like to be trained as a facilitator. There is a training course running in Oxford early next year. For details please visit

Backyard Food is here!

Backyard Food logo

Backyard Food logo

Our new food shop “Backyard Food” opened, as scheduled, at our May Day Celebration on May 3rd at the Green Backyard, when around £250 of sales were made. The range includes canned and dried foods from Suma, locally made preserves, fresh produce from Woodlands Organic Farm (and some from the GBY itself), and some every day non food items such as toothpaste, Ecover cleaning products, and toilet paper. Although the shop will be run as part of the Green Backyard, it will mostly be staffed by volunteers from Peterborough in Transition. For the time being the shop is only fully open on Saturday, but it is hoped that it can be opened on request on other days when the Green Backyard is open to visitors.

View of shop interior The shop has developed from the Peterborough in Transition food buying co-op, and will also act as the location where co-op members pick up their orders. Prices in the shop are competitive: I noticed several products that were cheaper than my usual supermarket’s organic range, including some very nice fresh asparagus. Buying from Backyard food will also save on packaging: for several of the products, herbs and spices for example, customers are expected to bring their own jar, although the shop can also sell you a suitable jar if required. It is early days for the shop yet, so if you can’t find something you would like, then do mention it to whoever is running the shop that day, and maybe it can be stocked in future. You can keep up to date with shop news by liking its facebook page.
Thanks to hard work from GBY volunteers, the shop interior is unrecognisable from its days as a container, and looks very attractive, and outside the shop is a patio area where you can relax and watch the world go by (or at least the trains to and from London 🙂 ).

Shop Interior

Michelle Cooper behind the counter

Shop  Exterior

Shop exterior including patio area

Exciting Times

Our April meeting was unusually packed: Karen and Rich presented their plans for our May Day Celebration at the Green Backyard (you can download our flyer from here); the group discussed the new Backyard food shop which is to open there that day, and which Matt and Rich have been hard at work converting from an old shipping container; Alun and Melanie talked about the recent “Joy in Enough” conference they recently attended, and also (with Rich) about the PinT/GBY/Forest for Peterborough visit to Hill Holt Wood, a very impressive woodland project in Lincolnshire.image

Three PinT regulars (Alun, Karen and Rich) are now trustees of the Green Backyard, which has recently become a registered charity. The GBY will be hosting a cleanup over the Easter weekend (April 19th and 20th), when volunteers will also deliver GBY leaflets and flyers for the May Day Celebration, just a few days before UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is due to visit and share lunch with volunteers on April 23rd. We also discussed our stall at this year’s Green Festival launch on May 24th, and we decided to buy a gazebo to use at future events. Dannii will be helping to organise the stall where we hope to encourage people to use and add to our wild food map.

Following our session with Stuart Mathers in our March meeting the group also decided to open an account with the Peterborough Rainbow Savers, part of the Rainbow Savers Anglia Credit Union.

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.

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