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

Teign Energy Communities (TECs)

What do we want to achieve?

We want everyone in our local area to become more aware and engaged in their use of energy, so energy becomes as familiar to people as money. If you share our vision and would like to get invovled then please click below for more detailed info on the initaitive. There is a list of areas where we need people plus specific skills and expertise we would welcome

How are we doing so far?

We are well into phase one and are pleased to have joined forces with some great organisations in the local area i.e. TEIGN HOUSING; TEMPLER ACADEMY SCHOOLS TRUST; THE AVENUE CHURCH. We also have support from Teignbridge District Council in this phase. We’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the speed of developments

We also benefit from a 3 year support programme from RegenSW .IMG_20140921_110143662

What next?

Setting up a Community Benefit Society (CBS)

Applying for a larger grant of £20,000 from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

Writing a tender to deliver phase 2 (site appraisal/selection and raising funds for capital expenditure).

For more information go to Community Energy under the main ENERGY tab or click here.



COMPOSTING WORKSHOPMay 30th (2 – 5 pm)

with Nicky Scott  (Devon Community Composting Network) 

2 hr indoor session at the Teignbridge Scout Hall, Wolborough Street – community composting and everything you want to know about composting in community gardens and allotments, with questions and answers session.

Followed by a walk to Vicary’s Field Community Garden (at the end of the footpath from ASDA, opposite Baker’s Park car park) to look at composting in action and practical tips.

The workshop is FREE, but PLEASE let us know if you plan to come:

BOOK GROUP – NEXT MEETING on Tuesday May 26th 8PM we will be discussing

‘How to Live Off Grid – Journeys Outside the System’ by Nick Rosen

In How to Live Off-Grid, Nick Rosen investigates the possibilities and difficulties of living an off-grid lifestyle with no mains water and no mains power. It is not a typical How To guide to off-gridding although the book is packed with useful information. Instead the main focus of the book is on real people living an off-grid life – their motivations, their struggles, their problems, and their solutions.

In the 120 page Chapter 4: Meet the People, Nick Rosen tells the story of his own journey around the UK in his newly purchased off-grid camper van meeting off-gridders from all walks of life who are living off-grid with varying levels of success and for a range of different reasons.

These short stories give a fascinating look into the often difficult world of the off-gridder: seemingly a constant struggle against council planners, neighbours, and the elements. Living an off-grid existence is rarely easy, but is shown to be hugely fulfilling.

The rest of the book comprises chapters on generating power, obtaining water, and building shelter. In addition a chapter entitled We Were All Off Grid Once tells the story of how we ended up on-grid in the first place and looks into the main motivations for people to move off-grid today.

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


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