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.

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Community Potato Bake, Eastcliff Park: Sun 30th Nov from midday

This year’s Community Potato Bake will be in the Walled Garden, Eastcliff Park on Sunday 30th November, starting at midday.
A baked potato lunch will be £3 for adults and free for accompanied children.  The potatoes have all been lovingly grown in the Teign EstuaryTransition Community Garden which forms part of the walled garden.
All money raised goes towards seeds and tools for ensure the ongoing care of the community garden.  We will start gathering around the bonfire in the garden around midday to enjoy the potatoes baking on the fire.  There will be singing with the community choir, storytelling and informal campfire singsongs. If you have an instrument, bring it along.

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.

Liz

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k9gj0

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