This article was originally written for the November edition of Heatons Post, https://www.heatonspost.co.uk/
On Sunday 19th September 2021 SLH celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the SLH community Orchard in Heaton Chapel. Over 60 people who had been involved in the organisation since its first meeting in December 2010, as well as representatives from other community organisations, local businesses and Stockport Council joined the current team to celebrate with a drink and delicious homemade cakes!
Liz Wildman, Co-chair, and Rory Alkin, a founder member and current Treasurer, welcomed everyone, and remembered past events and achievements. SLH was established after Action for Sustainable Living were funded by Stockport Council for 6 months to establish a volunteer environmental group – and SLH is still going strong, and is now recognised as an important part of the Heatons scene.
Photos were on show to demonstrate the wide range of events SLH have organised over the years: swap shops and cycle rides; energy events and banquets using food waste; raised beds for growing herbs for everyone to share; bat walks, making bat and bird boxes and hedge laying; and in 2020 the Heatons Climate Action Festival on line. The team have been visible at local festivals, fairs and markets, and the iconic SLH shopping bag can’t be missed on the streets of The Heatons!
In recognition of the approach of COP26, when international leaders will meet in Glasgow to make plans to fight climate change, people were asked to pledge for what they might do individually to make a difference. Get milk from the milkman, try to fly less, switch off lights more, and insulate the roof were some ideas shared.
SLH meets on the first Saturday of each month, 10.30am-12midday, at The Heatons Centre by The Heatons Library. Everyone is welcome to join in to find out about current projects and share ideas. Check our Events page for changes to these arrangements.