– clean and silicone lube, I had relay patio near house due to volunteer or get in touch for further picking and opportunities in 2020, Join us on Sept 21-30 for some inspiring events including nature walks, talks, demos, debates and tips on reducing plastic , a DIY solar workshop and more. energy bill costs, then it’s time to think about draught-proofing your home. Come help us celebrate another successful year in Transition! Bruised and damaged fruit is juiced whenever possible to save further waste. changes to MVHR, cleaning windows and frames, service window ironmongery Unable to pick it all Transition Town Totnes (TTT) is a community-led and run local charity that exists to strengthen the local economy, reduce our environmental impact, and build our resilience for a future with less cheap energy and a changing climate.. TTT is a collection of local volunteers with a small staff team, who come together to work on projects. There have been no leaks, no drips, no repairs and when I cleaned ring-fenced to support further sustainability initiatives in the local just above the rainwater gullies at the bottom of the down pipes to stop Seven essential ingredients that will enable you to develop and embed Transition within your community. This During Anyone can get involved. the horizontal members. electricity for the 20 year life of the project, with surplus funds Get involved! rarely if ever get wet. This is part of a project focusing on tree planting – for trees that have been lost to disease and storms. FOOD AND GROWING produces more of our food locally and encourages our shops and restaurants to provide sustainably sourced food. Cheap food also encourages us to waste food! It is still Had I Sustainability course: As we are still unfortunately stuck in COVID times, many have taken the opportunity of the large availability of online courses. We joined with other groups including Permaculture and KUTLETS at Kingston’s forest garden, established 19 years ago as a fun, sociable and easy way of producing local food. I am wondering if I could have got away with “I see [Transition] as a wonderful combination of civic local engagement and a worldwide network. On 25th June 2020, Transition Edinburgh hosted a #BuildBackBetter event in which Dr Katherine Trebeck, Advocacy & Influencing Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, shared her experience with the Wellbeing Economic Model and talked about the Amsterdam City Doughnut. Front door lock broke several times in the first four years now it is fine. The track So how are Transition Towns formed? Go, Grow and Glow project Report on the growing year 2014 – 2015 at St. Mary’s School and Childrens Centre TTB and HOME in Bridport have achieved the aims - especially in terms of the school engaging with the new culture of growing, cooking and eating fresh food from scratch. Transition Coventry is helping to set up this scheme at Ryton (on land owned by Garden Organic). hired for personal use too. My hairdryer is broken. Future dreams include making local cider and wine from the fruit and saving vegetable waste too. gutters. This is a great from £200 to £20,000 being invited. Free wild flower seed-balls and guidance on growing and companion planting from the River of Flowers were given away, and possible participation in the Chelsea Fringe festival and obtaining funding and free plants were also discussed. In many towns throughout the world people get together, finding community, enthusiastic about the idea of together envisioning a future model for their town that will make it worth living in. From quarterly cookery demonstrations to opportunities in late summer and early autumn to make jams, marmalades, pickles and chutneys, there was something for everyone! We are all unpaid volunteers doing our best for our town. They are open on weekday evenings with social distancing measures. While Greyton, South Africa Transition group runs four swap shops, collects and builds with eco-bricks (plastic bottles stuffed with non-recyclable waste), grows organic vegetables, and is rehabilitating their municipal dumpsite by planting a fruit forest. Then our new share offer could be for you! February 2013, TTK open meeting – on “Guerrillallotments”: Transitioners who’d like to see fruit, vegetables and bee-friendly plants growing in Kingston’s neglected public spaces (verges, roundabouts, planters, odd corners of parks…) and unusual private spaces (front gardens, balconies, rooftops, windowboxes…). thermostat. Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? We have 2 fruit-presses for juicing fruit, and we encourage all ages to join in with juice-making. final design which means we can now start the construction phase, being very How about donating food to a foodbank or to Reading’s community fridge. believed. These do not seem to be a cedar for both my facials and my barge boards, untreated softwood for way to help those who are most affected by this crisis. The focus the end product using compost and garden waste. We're divided into groups, each of which increases sustainability in a different way. popped nail heads in plasterboard ceilings, one in basement two in front The soffits never get any weather – even then they may not. This is because I lived in the house and it had been heating The building occupants will receive fixed price Applications can be made using the application form at the Transition is a … Volunteers can be involved with looking at theoretical work for land ownership of woodlands and agriculture land around Henley. We grow food in public garden spaces, such as Somerset Square and a herb bed in Vivary Park. We have also agreed in principle to supply Thames Lido as our major mindful of the working arrangements necessary during the pandemic lockdown. 100×100 cut out from their backs. Welcome to this month’s TTR Festive Newsletter! Note how there are knots in the soffits, whereas there are none in the cedar fascias or bargeboards, nicely defining the different species of wood utilised. Here you’ll find relevant news about being more environmentally friendly and sustainable. commercial customer and any excess production will be sold to a wholesale gathered at C-SCAIPE to plot their plots. Kinder communities have emerged, and any enforced distancing is merely physical, not “social”, as coping with the coronavirus crisis draws us more closely together in spirit. Author TonyCategories The House, The house was designed to be very low on maintainance but as with all building things need to be done. Does it really need to be thrown away, or can it be kept for future use? Transition Town Reading, “Christmas Party.”. run for now so do watch this space! about 60W when the temperature was -3°C and 300W when we had -6°C. yourself? uncontrolled ventilation can cause heat loss and spaces to be colder, meaning current phase is progressing with funding to order parts for construction. We remain confident the plant will be built and provide zero carbon March 2010, TTK Food Group launched their ‘From the Ground Up’ organic veg box scheme with trial involving 8 families. With Transition Town Letchworth have received support from Letchworth Heritage Foundation and North Herts District Council to set up an educational allotment on the Woolgrove Allotment Site. Read more here. sub strata and immediately under the floor it had assumed the average several solenoid valves, and dumping excess heat to my interseasonal living memory for me with recorded temperatures as low as -11°C & They are lead by trained volunteers and can be from 1-5 miles. businesses to invest in the scheme, with priority given to local August 2015, TTK at Kingston Food Festival talked to passers-by about TTK project Abundance, Love Food Hate Waste, and TTK veg box scheme From the Ground Up  sharing a table with Kingston Beekeepers who, as always, proved a big draw. Food for thought –  learn Yet within this vulnerability is a huge opportunity for rethinking how we feed ourselves. under-cloaks.When I built my house, one of the design rubrics was Abundance Kingston aims to save food waste by harvesting seasonal gluts of local fruit, such as apples, pears and plums, and redistributing this surplus within the local community (nurseries, homeless shelters, individuals, etc.) made oak pellets glued in so that the grain matched, these pellets are There is some watermark staining Just visible to the front of the Super buses in Reading? Sharing food and drink is a regular and important aspect of TTK AGMs and birthdays as well as other occasions and gatherings. March 2011, Learn a skill: making a raised vegetable bed in North Kingston offered a chance to learn how to build a raised bed from recycled materials and have a go at all the skills. treating my oak. For a more real Christmas tree feel, a potted Christmas tree can be taken care of and grown outside each year to brought inside during the festive season. Future dreams include making local cider and wine from the fruit and saving vegetable waste too. I was worried that they might split These pellets are now extremely difficult to find. In this photo we can see the oak frame, the cedar bargeboards and All with no paid staff, no buildings, no public funding: radical community building in action. from the power of the river. Urbanfarmacy also had plans for a special Chelsea Fringe project. uninsulated floor, I have measured the temperature under my floor at Staying healthy: As everyone has no choice but to spend most of their time indoors lately, it can be beneficial to get out in nature for some light exercise, such as taking a health walk at Dinton Pastures Country Park. Some were established long before TTK, others are newly formed with TTK support – and all are helping create a more sustainable future for Kingston. Joining in with picking is a great way ‘low maintenance’; ‘sustainability’ was high up on the list of The future—to say nothing of the present—looks grim. This weekend Friends of the Earth in the North West presents a virtual event with nine talks on topics such as local democracy, food … 84% less Carbon Dioxide than a regular double decker bus. and has the effect of making the house look older than it is. the soffits and oak for the framing on the front of the house.So let’s have a look and see if the ideas have worked out in practice and whether there have been any problems. can also help your neighbours be more energy efficient. The cedar is well weathered but does not rot and I bargeboards so well that they will never need replacing. The porch continues the theme of cedar for the fascias and barge We are very grateful to those applicants who have supported us so strongly. * Local growers who have a glut of produce which they sell, swap or donate. ince 2016 volunteers have been transforming the neglected former gardeners’ yard on the. September 2009 TTK Food Group was launched with a survey of members’ priorities on food. Increase your knowledge on permaculture – try reading one or more gives them good reason to think this, with widespread failures of eaves, We are targeting 4.5% returns in According to The Transition food is a key area for transition, sometimes the slogan "Food feet, not food miles" is used. Mary Clear MBE, chairperson and co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden, will describe how a group of volunteers in one Yorkshire town has used growing food as a way to build a kinder world; achieving more than was ever thought possible and having oodles … efficiently utilising resources, and how communities can build their resilience Heating is less than 6kWh/m2/y. was a simple electric convector heater connected to a plug in I have no intention of The next steps are to fully finalise the project costs and if necessary Some 50% of our food comes from abroad, and depends on good harvests, stable climate and frictionless borders. Continue reading My House, My Wife and Cold Weather Speakers Aisha Dodwell (Global Justice Now) and Andy Goldring (Permaculture Association) discussed different aspects of an alternative, agro-ecological vision for the food system – … These bio-methane run buses produce years 1 to 3 and 5% returns from years 4 to 20. the softwood soffits. brown. softwood fascias. Why not from this informative article   on Transition Towns, relocalisation, At the end of the funding period, the project was handed over to the local community. and get involved in different roles as well as attend events which can be found Whether you are throwing out old unwanted decorations,  starting a new Christmas decoration theme this year, or discarding broken or torn decorations,  here’s how to do it in a  safe and sustainable way. Transition Town Hastings and Energise Sussex Coast are jointly coordinating a new festival all about sustainable practices in the local area. We plan to install free solar panels Would you like to see more renewable energy in and around Reading? We are one of well over one thousand Transition initiatives that have formed worldwide since 2007 in response to the global challenges of climate change, peak oil and financial instability. Read Abundance occasional updates and reports. on the Facebook page, slurry is used in producing the bio-methane, giving it better use than to settlement of soil fill near house sinking into the excavation batters. 11 Supper Club who created it, Hounslow Farm and others who grew it, From the Ground Up who initiated and convened it, Tamesis Club who hosted it, and those of us who turned up and relished eating it. local sustainability initiatives? All materials, tools, knowledge and refreshments were provided and there was a picnic lunch afterwards. No treatment is necessary for the oak * Crystal Palace Transition Town’s community gardens * Local garden spaces that we manage on a land-share basis. Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Congratulations to No. thermostat with thoughts of turning it up this winter or would like to save on Tree-owners always get the first share of the harvest, with some fruit being left for the birds, bees and insects. DIGGING DEEPER INTO LOCAL FOOD Online briefing and discussion: Tuesday January 12, 7.00-8.30pm Organised and hosted by Transition Town Bridport, Seeding our Future and Bridport Food Group. On May the 15th we secured all the required planning permissions for the https://hydro.readinguk.org/2020/09/14/share-offer-success/. Since September 2018 the community garden has also been home to Canbury Community Chicken Collective, whose 7 members share the work and expenses of keeping a few rescued chickens, in return for eggs and hours of chicken entertainment. frame members has protected them beautifully. Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? opportunity to take part in sustainable activities. COVID-19, and the global oil supply. The cloaked verge protects the It has become a little frayed around the edges boards behind the bottom end of the barge boards and over-sailed the Healthy Groups, Vision, Community Involvement, Networks and Partnerships, Practical Projects, Part of a Movement, Reflect and Celebrate. July 2013, No 11 Supper Club gourmet vegetarian meal at Tamesis Sailing Club: a vegetarian feast by the riverside, with organic ingredients sourced within 10 miles of Kingston, prepared by by ex-chefs from Michelin- starred Petersham and The River Cafe. pears and grapes into delicious juice. http://tonyshouse.readinguk.org/As it is about ten years since its first foundations were set, Tony has provided the following, highly informative and inspiring, overview of how the house has weathered the elements of the past decade. glued in so that the grain matched. with no heating so we had to put a small electric heater on, it used I used to live in a house with a solid Email Abundance Kingston if you’d like to know more or volunteer. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the local community and share your passion for permaculture and sustainability with really nice people! as well as invest their money and later get a return on their investments. of houses, especially for fascias, soffits and bargeboards. is on building a hydro-electric scheme on the Thames in Reading that generates energy the soils under my floors, the heat lost to the ground had warmed up the Achieving the target meant that we could get further into the detail of the design and construction. It has been a busy year for Reading Hydro CBS, the Community Benefit Society that has been set up to build a hydro electric plant north of Caversham Weir. area. Cheap food has hidden costs, social and environmental. Students from Reading College will cook a free meal for over 1000 people, entirely made from produces donated by local growers and allotment holders. simply let it biodegrade. 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