Who we are

This is the web site for Teign Estuary Transition: a local initiative to help communities around the Teign Estuary explore collaborative ways to move towards a low energy, sustainable future.

It has been started by an enthusiastic group of local people who are concerned about the twin challenges of diminishing oil and gas supplies, known as ‘Peak Oil’, and climate change. We believe that these challenges offer opportunities for a step-by-step ‘transition’ to a sustainable future.

Have a look at the About us page and other links in the menu at the top or in the left margin for further information about Teign Estuary Transition, our subgroups, and the Transition Movement.

You can see all our latest news below, or go to any of the categories under News in the left-hand margin for the latest information on specific activities.


Centralised heating for Exeter

Plans to be unveiled for district heating in Exeter

There is a rare chance to get inside information on the work of the Exeter and East Devon Low Carbon Task Force (LCTF) – most notably plans for a centralised district heating system – next Tuesday 11th November.

The plans involve an integrated heating system that could pump heat directly into homes and businesses via a centralised network of pipes.

The LCTF’s chair John Rigby will give a presentation at an event organised by Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) at the Meeting Room of Stephens Scown Solicitors, Curzon House, Southernhay at 6:45. There’ll then be an open forum to explore the significance of these plans and how the community can work with the LCTF to address energy challenges at a local level.

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be available.

Contact ECOE on info@ecoe.org.uk for more information or visit http://www.ecoe.org.uk/newsevents/ecoe-autumn-events/.

Soil Association Seed Survey

Not easy to say!

The Soil Association are conducting a survey to determine how well different varieties of plant develop from seed in different areas. Details below:

How much growing success have you had with your seeds this year? Here at the Soil Association we are hoping to tap into your local knowledge to gather information on how different varieties of seeds perform in different parts of the country – our vision is to build an interactive map which will allow you to find the best seed varieties to grow in your area. I’ve put together an easy-to-use Seed Survey for amateur growers on our website, and we’d love it if you could take part and feedback on the highs and lows of your growing this year. Take a look and complete the survey here.

Poster for the TET Clothes Swap, Sat 18th October

If you are able, please download and display the lovely poster for the TET Autumn Clothes Swap! Click on the image to download:

Clothes Swap leaflet Oct14


‘Fruit sharing’ scheme for Teignmouth?

Have you ever had a glut of fruit? Have you ever wondered how on earth you’ll find time to pick it all? Have you ever asked yourself: Now who can I give some plums to… ?

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a team of volunteers to pick your surplus fruit and re-home it, either turning it into chutneys and jams for sale, or maybe donating it to local charities.

I’m interested in setting up a ‘fruit-sharing’ scheme in Teignmouth, under the umbrella of TET but, first things first, I need to establish whether those of you with fruit trees (anything from one tree upwards) would be interested in donating all or some of your autumn crop in future years.

What’s in it for you? Well, your fruit would be harvested at the right time, avoiding those piles of mushy apples that tend to accumulate and fester, saving you time and making your garden rather neater than it might otherwise be. And, more importantly, the fruit would actually get used, rather than wasted.

Please contact me through this website or email info@teigntransition.org.uk  if you think you would be interested in a scheme of this sort in future years.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

New book by the journalist Naomi Klein.

‘The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.’

See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/This-Changes-Everything/Naomi-Klein/9781451697384

Listen also to an interview with Naomi Klein on Radio 4′s Start the Week:


TET Autumn Clothes Swap 2014 – Saturday 18th October

at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth

Update your wardrobe for the autumn and get rid of those clothes you never wear.  Invite your friends.  The more people who take part, the better the choice!

Entrance to the clothes swap is £1.50 and you must bring a donation of clothing to swap in order to take part.

9.30-11 am                   Drop off clothes and pay £1.50 entrance.  Receive tickets.

11.30-2.30 pm             Swap clothes!

For each item of clothing you drop off you receive one ticket which you will be able to exchange for an item of clothing of your choice from 11.30-2.30.   If you want more items of clothing than you have tickets for you can buy extra tickets for £1.

Clothing must be clean and in good condition.  Underwear, shoes and socks are not accepted.

Light refreshments will be available at TAAG from 10am.

How re-using good clothes helps the environment

Research showed there are three main reasons why we have so many clothes we no longer wear – they simply don’t fit, they’re suffering from wear or tear or we just haven’t got round to turning them out. If we could make more use of these clothes, through alteration, repair, multiple reuse and recycling, there’s great potential for consumers to realise some financial and environmental savings.

Around half of clothing is re‐used at present, and over two‐thirds of this goes overseas. Increasing the re‐use rate in the UK and for export would reduce the total waste each year. Things are improving in that there is significant willingness to buy or receive pre‐owned clothes – more than two‐thirds of adults have done so in the past year. But research shows that some 30% of clothing has not been worn for the last year and four in five people own at least some clothes that have not been worn because they no longer fit or need altering. This indicates there may be substantial volume of good quality clothing suitable for reuse. 30% is also the figure of clothing estimated to go to landfill. If all this material was donated for re‐use or recycling, it would provide £140 million or more (at June 2012 prices).

One of the ways which we can extend the life of our unwanted clothing is by passing them on to others and so do come and enjoy our Clothes Swap on Sat 18th October.

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