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Earth Week 24 – 29 March

Topical Talks that Don’t Cost the Earth

Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the globe. Each year, hundreds of millions of people organise events – at home, and in their community to show they care about the future of our planet.

Three interesting evenings have been arranged by Teign Estuary Transition to develop the Earth Hour Theme, following the Pedal and Pulse events on Saturday 24th March.

The venue is TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start.

“Incredible Vegetables” is the title of the first talk on Monday 26th March. Mandy Barber is a perennial vegetable enthusiast, and she and her partner Julian Skinner run an organic nursery near Ashburton growing perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. There will also be plants or seeds for sale.

“Mercury’s Rising! Weather we like it or not” follows on Tuesday evening 27th March, with speaker Dr Michelle McCrystal from the University of Exeter. She wants to talk about all things climate, how it has changed in our lifetime, and what we can actually do about it.

Ethical investing is the theme of the third evening on Thursday 29th March. Paul Pizzala’s background is investment with sustainability expertise, working for a variety of wealth management companies, most recently for WHEB Asset Management. Antony is our local environmental communicator, founder of CarbonSense and currently CEO of Real World Visuals, whose speciality is developing images and stories that make sense of the data collected about our world. Antony and Paul promise an interactive discussion on investing and their personal reflections.

TAAG is also hosting ‘Bikes’ An Exhibition of Art, reflecting this year’s Earth Hour theme in Teignmouth.

Suggested entry is £2 for each evening, to cover speakers’ and TAAG’s expenses.

More information – Mike Rickard 07877 797271


TNA Apple Harvest & Apple Pressing 2017


Apple Harvest at Decoy Orchard 10-12 am and Apple Pressing, Music and Fun at Vicary’s Field Community Garden from 1.30 pm with Transition Newton Abbot.


Rhubarb is highly recommended; every garden should have one. Ours was planted about February last year – the eagle-eyed amongst you may spot the various upside-down buckets and pots towards the right of the bed against the back wall, just in the shadow – in some well rotted manure, and it has not only survived being knocked and trampled by some of our more enthusiastic visitors, it rises above mice, birds, slugs and every other garden challenge to deliver like clockwork. This time it has been in crumble – sorry, no photo – and polenta. Both excellent. Enjoy.


Spot the rhubarb – February 2015

Spring in the Walled Garden

The beds are filling up pretty much according to the (rotation) plan – these last few weeks we’ve planted peas, potatoes, perpetual spinach, kale, red cabbage, salad leaves, radish, chard, lovage and dill. Hollyhocks take a couple of years to mature, but hopefully they will join the cherry, pear and peach trees on the south facing north wall, and, another Community Garden first, hyssop beside the path just up from the wall.

Do come and say hello; we are there most Sunday mornings. Bring sunshine and be prepared to share coffee and biscuits.



Our Beautiful Planet

Teign Estuary Transition have been invited by TAAG to take part in two Earth Hour themed exhibitions; Our Beautiful Planet, which will run from the 30 January to the 12 February, and Earth Hour, on Saturday 19 March 2016.

The exhibition curator is Rachael Bennett, but if you’re up for adding a bit of inspiration to our displays at these exhibitions, developing a showcase for us, do get in touch,



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.