Summary of activity in 2019

A little late in the day but still worth posting. Here is a round-up of Transition Town Poole activities in 2019:

  • Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard – regular 1st Saturday workdays. It’s been a bit erratic this year with some key members of the group being ill and having family priorities. However, the council now mow the orchard regularly and it is increasingly well used and loved by the local community. We’re in discussion with Council officers about creating paths through the woods but retaining its essential feel as a natural wildlife habitat. Funding is available so we may also get our long-awaited toolstore and noticeboard! Overall feel is great!
  • Apple Day in Poole happened in October and despite being moved to the Dolphin Centre to escape the rain we had a good day. The apple press was hired out to a group in Wimborne and others.
  • Essential Food Coop runs well with orders going in every 4-6 weeks. That’s about £4000 not going to the big supermarkets.
  • Our Facebook group has 184 members and hosts lively discussions on a variety of topics. I post articles and events I feel are relevant to Poole. It’s great when others do too. Twitter less active.
  • Poole Fair Trade – this group is currently being reconfigured to be less about going through the hoops to fulfil FT Foundation status and more about the wider conversation around what is fair in terms of trade. Watch this space!
  • We’re still collaborating with Ideas2Action at Win on Waste sessions in the Coop in Upper Parkstone.
  • Also with Cllr Millie Earl on the set up of a new Community Fridge at Branksome Library.
  • We maintain links with Sustainable Dorset, Dorset Equality Group, Sustainable Dorset, Poole Soup, Transition Bournemouth, Fizz Bikes, The Powerhouse (Hamworthy), Grounded Enterprises, Extinction Rebellion, Community Action Network (formerly Poole CVS), Plastic Free Poole and others.
  • We’ve been talking to various groups keen to develop tree planting projects in Poole, providing guidance and advice.
  • Public Liability Insurance – Zurich paid up until September 2020.

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