Wanstead Transition Initiative to wind down

The Wanstead Transition Initiative encourged residents to be more self-reliantThe Wanstead Transition Initiative encourged residents to be more self-reliant

After 18 months of raising awareness about environmental issues and organising local events and talks, the Wanstead Transition Initiative is to be wound down.

A post on the group's website states: "We are letting you know that, sadly, we have not been able to find people with the time and energy to keep Wanstead Transition Initiative going at this time. We hope that the meetings we have had together since we started just over 18 months ago may have inspired or re-connected us with a vision for a more sustainable future, and practical ways to bring that about."

Since being established in late 2010, the Transition Initiative had been looking at ways of 'creating a more connected, supportive and self-reliant community who are actively addressing the twin challenges of climate change and the end of cheap oil'.

One of the group's projects was the creation of a wild food map of Wanstead, an attempt to highlight the large amount of food that goes to waste in our gardens and streets.

Meetings for those interested in keeping the group going on a social level will continue on the first Thursday of the month at The Nightingale pub, Nightingale Lane, from 7.30pm.

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