Jane’s Walk: Transition Town group members join grassroots movement


Kimberley Dupuy (Resident and Transition Town Mt Hawthorn) with Rebecca Kelly (Volunteer and event coordinator) A walk around Mt Hawthron next weekend. Chicken runs, veggie patches, worm farms, compost systems, cycle commuting and native gardens will all be on show in Transition Town Mount Hawthorn’s first ever Urban Sustainability Walk Picture: Andrew Ritchie d453301
Kimberley Dupuy (Resident and Transition Town Mt Hawthorn) with Rebecca Kelly (Volunteer and event coordinator) A walk around Mt Hawthron next weekend. Chicken runs, veggie patches, worm farms, compost systems, cycle commuting and native gardens will all be on show in Transition Town Mount Hawthorn’s first ever Urban Sustainability Walk Picture: Andrew Ritchie d453301

JOINING London, Paris and New York, Mt Hawthorn residents are participating in a global grassroots movement celebrating sustainability and community spirit.

The Jane’s Walk events are citizen-led walking tours that are held annually in May, with the Mt Hawthorn event led by the Transition Town group.

Last year, more than 1000 walks were held in 36 countries. Perth organiser Tina Askam said the Mt Hawthorn group had had success in turning “water-guzzling” lawns into native verges and backyard lawns into veggie patches.

“The City of Vincent is keen for residents to make their verges more water-wise and will actually provide a helping hand by ripping up the lawn and preparing the soil,” she said.

“The group shares tips on composting, mulch and worm farms with their neighbours and now they are keen to share their successes with others across Perth.”

Mt Hawthorn Transition Town volunteer Kimberley Dupuy said she transformed her lawn into a thriving sustainable garden.

“It’s a lot easier than people think; where the veggie patch is now it was just grass which is a pain to maintain,” she said.

“It took four weekends and we built the chicken run over one weekend. Once you get the motivation it’s really easy to maintain.

“You don’t need a lot of space to get this kind of thing going you can start with just the space you’ve got.”

Transition Town co-ordinator Rebecca Kelly said the idea behind the group was to inspire the community to take up more sustainable practices in their day-to-day lives.

Other stops along the walk will include a free footpath library and native wildlife verge, followed by a community shared dinner.