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



Our vision is to achieve the widest possible community engagement with Energy use and Energy generation. We want everyone in Newton Abbot to become more aware and engaged in their use of energy, so energy has the same currency as money.

We will do this by setting up a Community Energy company with a remit to identify , deliver, own and run RE installations in our town, as well as encourage energy saving. This will generate, not only energy, but an income for the project to benefit the whole community.

We have secured a 3 year support programme from RegenSW to guide us.IMG_20140921_110143662

We have the support and involvement of several stakeholders to make good progress, but we need more people for the two groups, steering and development.

A seed funding grant application is being submitted (28th Nov, for £5,000 from DCC) to implement phase1 of the project. This will get us to a point where we have set up an appropriate legal entity, applied for a larger grant (£20,000 national Community Energy Fund) and written 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.


BOOK GROUP – NEXT MEETING on Tuesday March 31st 8PM we will be watching and discussing the film



Our book for April will be ‘Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth’ collection of essays. Date is April 21st at 8pm

Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation and how this effects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis and this book does just that.

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


We are looking for a new Co-ordinator

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 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.)

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

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