Transition Telford began in June 2012 and over the years we have engaged in several different projects, mainly around the the themes of energy, textiles and growing food.
Sustainable Food Production, more than just Gardening
Our most successful project is GrowLocal – an annual gardening event which for the past 5 years has brought together local enthusiasts – both individuals and organisations to share skills and information to help people grow their own food. We also have a giant plant sale. In February 2018 we had our first seedswap. We have a permaculture group and a small permaculture garden at the Green wood Centre in the historic Ironbridge Gorge which we hope will form the basis of a free food trail in the area.
In 2019 we held our first Harvest Local as a third event. Repeated this year as a reduced format due to Covid19 restrictions. Transition Telford networks and shares resources and information with many other local organisations that share similar objectives.
Our current energy project focusses on electric vehicle charging points, and green transport, but in the past we have helped a local community obtain a grant to improve the insulation of their building and put solar panels on their roof. During 2014/15 we secured a grant from the Rural Energy Fund for a feasibility study for a small hydro-electricity scheme in Coalbrookdale but this proved not to be feasible for now but we gained new knowledge and skills – particularly about the tendering process.
In our Rethreads project we make things out of scrap or recycled materials. We sew, knit, crochet, make rag rugs and our keen to pass on our own skills and learn new ones. We often do this in conjunction with another charity – Forge Urban Revival at their Cafe at The Wakes in Oakengates. making rag wreaths at Christmas and Easter has proved to be our most popular activity.
The Group meets on the first Monday of each month at the Elephant and Castle, 1 High Street, Dawley, TF4 2ET at 7.00 pm for business and at 8.00 for a more social gathering. Newcomers are always welcome.
Since February 2020 we have been meeting online using the Zoom platform and most public events have been cancelled. See our blog and social media for updates.
Transition Telford is a registered charity and part of the Transition Towns Network.
We are a local voluntarily run charity taking small community steps to tackle big global issues.
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