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Transition Newton Abbot

TNA logoTransition Newton Abbot has emerged from the energy and enthusiasm of people living, working and caring about the environment and community of the town and surrounding area of Newton Abbot.

Starting from deep concerns around the issues of Peak Oil and Climate Change, the Group is setting up projects in our own locality. We are part of a worldwide movement of over 453 official initiatives plus 377 places mulling it over (Mullers) in 34 countries (set up since 2006!) and the movement is still growing.

At the same time, our group is growing rapidly and the more people we have to help, the more we can achieve.

Transition Newton Abbot is about practical action. It is about local people caring for their own environment and getting out there and doing something about it. The problems created by Climate Change and Peak Oil are real and are happening. Transition is about positive action and doing things in our own locality that make a difference.

Some of this work is practical, such as the community garden, some is about relaying the message, such as the events. For more details contact


TNA logoCommunity Garden Open Day

Saturday October 25th

11am- 3pm

It’s harvest festival time, and to celebrate there’s an open day at

Newton Abbot Community Garden , Vicary’s Field .

There will be a fire, cooking, trimming the willow arch, willow crafts and much more in the community-tended space. Just down along the Lemon from Newton Abbot’s Asda , or over the bridge from Baker’s Park car park  Come and meet the garden volunteer team. ALL WELCOME



What or (Watt) links New York with Newton Abbot?

Sunday Sept 21st at Newton Abbot Station – Walk and Talk Energy with Transition’s Dr Watt and friends  IMG_20140921_110143662

We gathered quite a crowd from Newton Abbot and surrounding towns, with people from Ideford, Ipplepen, Teignmouth, Brixham, Bishopsteignton and Haldon Hill.  Young and old came together to show their concern about climate change. One little girl said we just must make sure the lovely polar bears have enough ice to bring up their families.

We started at the Newton Abbot sun energy sculpture and followed the River Lemon to Union Bridge and beyond looking at how well the River served earlier residents of Newton Abbot furnishing them with a source of renewable power as well as transport.

We talked about what we could learn from the past and if any of the water power generation schemes are worth re-visiting. We are keen to find others interested in setting up a community energy group for Newton Abbot. Please contact us at

BOOK GROUP – NEXT MEETING on Tuesday October 28th at 8PM

“Animal , Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. This is a book by the writer of one of our previous reads “Flight Behaviour” It follows her family in their quest to feed themselves from their own home-grown produce, supplemented with very local produce and to eat seasonally for a whole year.

New members welcome or just read along with us and send us your thoughts and comments via Postie. If you’ve read a book you would like to recommend , please let us know, we’re always open to suggestions.

See our previous reads by going to the Book Group page. Everyone is welcome. Contact Postie for meeting details


NTT – Newton Transition Together

still available in 2014 and still very relevant with energy bills rising despite interventions from the government!

Come together

Cut your household costs

Cut your carbon emissions

Make a New Year Resolution to reduce your carbon footprint with a little help from your friends

The aim of the NTT programme is to become more aware of the areas in your own house where consumption is the greatest and decide what you want to tackle. 

You delve into your household’s habits in  SIX key areas :

Electricity, Heating, Water, Food, Transport and Waste .  You will find that reducing your carbon footprint can be fun as well as useful to the household purse.  

You won’t be doing this alone. The programme brings together different households to discuss areas to be tackled and to share successes and challenges. 4-5 households is ideal. You take it in turns to host your meetings.
NTT- Newton Transition Together is here.
Come and join us.
We are happy to organise an info session for you and some friends so for more info contact us at


Woodfuel 3

Newton Abbot Woodfuel Project – Bradley Woods

Next dates autumn 2014 in doubt as Ralph is now in the process of moving to Chagford. The project has already been set up, so if someone is keen to take over the organisation and liaison with the National Trust  please contact Ralph 01626 333269 or

The Newton Abbot Woodfuel project is an exciting new initiative set up by Transition Newton Abbot (TNA) in partnership with the National Trust, the owners of the Bradley manor estate with its large areas of magnificent woodland

What the project can offer you

The project will give the opportunity for local people to help the National Trust’s woodland management programme and at the same time enable them to collect wood for heating their homes.  In the past an important benefit of woodland management was the harvesting of fire wood, usually from coppicing and thinning.  The project is designed to appeal to the increasing popularity of wood as fuel for home heating and to the practice of low-impact woodland management, with its connections to conservation, connection to the natural world and woodland “bodging” crafts. 

How it works

The project will have set activity days during the winter of 2013-14.  To take part you will need to become a member of the TNA wood fuel project which entails signing up to a code of practice and the payment of a nominal seasonal fee of £3, which goes towards the payment of insurance and other costs.  (Note: the current season is from December 2013 – March 2014.)

Dates for 2014

The first successful project day was on Tuesday 10th December. Great fun! Next date in 2014 :  Sunday March 2nd. If we have a successful season we will increase the number of project days for the winter of 2014-15.  Advance notice of the project days will be sent to all on the TNA email list and other interested parties.

 For further information, contact the Ralph Mackridge on 01626 333269 or or


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