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About us

Like other Transition groups, the first of which was formed in Totnes in 2006, we want to see vibrant, sustainable, resilient local communities and economies. We do what we can to bring this about in our own area.

We believe climate change is the greatest threat facing our world. There is an urgent need for us all to cut our carbon emissions. We can’t rely on the politicians to do it for us. There is much we can do as individuals, but when we come together in groups we can achieve so much more. We need grassroots action.

Momentum is building: there are now over a thousand Transition initiatives all over the world – and that’s within the space of less than ten years. There are countless other groups with similar aims. Many of these good things are happening locally. 

Email us at transitionathelneyemail@gmail.com to join our mailing list or if you'd like more information.

Take a look at our Facebook page for more information on our recent activities.

So what exactly does Transition Athelney do?

You’ll find more information on some of our activities on these pages and on our Facebook page, but here’s a taster:

  • We make delicious Fruits of Athelney apple juice from local apples (700 bottles a year) and sell it at the North Curry community coffee shop and the village shop.
  • We plant trees. Trees capture carbon and generate oxygen.
  • We run a vegetable-growing scheme, Food Yards, and sell or donate the surplus.
  • We run a small garden-sharing scheme and would like to explore other ways to encourage people to grow food.
  • We launched a home energy-efficiency project to help people save money and reduce carbon emissions.
  • We are involved in a community renewable energy scheme in North Curry. Solar PV panels are being installed on the roofs of public buildings, financed by local people earning an attractive rate of interest.
  • We’ve submitted proposals to the council recommending a whole-catchment approach to combating local flooding. The idea is to reduce the amount of silt and run-off washed into the rivers in the upper catchment area.
  • In tandem with Transition Langport, we organised a renewable energy fair in Stoke St Gregory, attracting over 100 people. The exhibitors included community energy groups and the company behind the tidal lagoon planned in Swansea Bay. There were electric cars and bikes on show.
  • We organise film evenings, talks and other events. For example, with other local Transition groups we organised a climate change hustings just before the general election, at which around 200 people got to question all Taunton Deane’s parliamentary candidates about their policies in relation to climate change.
  • We collaborate with others to share knowledge and resources.