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Transition Newton Abbot (TNA) is a community organisation which aims to bring people together to improve the sustainability of our local community, by tackling global issues at a local scale.


What is Transition?

TheTransition idea is fundamental to what we do.  TNA is part of the Transition Network and a global Transition Movement which aim to transform the way we live our lives, and how we interact with our environment and each other.  TNA is just one of the hundreds of initiatives across the world! Read our short  Constitution on what we stand for and how we operate.

Some of the issues addressed by this movement include climate change and the environment; local and global economies; sustainable use of energy and renewable energy generation; and local food.

At TNA we are trying to make our local community more resilient in many different ways:

  • Helping local businesses to thrive thereby keeping more money and benefit in the local area.
  • Supporting local food production, becoming more self reliant at a local level.
  • Encouraging more people to grow their own food.
  • Reducing dependence on fossil fuels by reducing energy consumption and increasing renewable energy generation.
  • Developing alternative business models e.g. community ownership, fair and transparent partnerships, profits reinvested in the local community, and sharing of skills and information.  The TNA initiative TECs is an example of the REconomy principles.

What Does TNA Do?

The Energy Group works to raise awareness about how we all use energy, while aiming to use energy more wisely and also generating energy from renewable sources. For example, the Group has produced some impressive Energy Sculptures which decorate Newton Abbot, and also acted as the foundation for Teign Energy Communities.

The Community Garden Group has worked hard to restore a piece of previously unused land and transform it into the garden and growing area that it is today. As well as improving the landscape and growing food, our Garden volunteers also organise events and activities relating to gardening, local food, and outdoor skills.

The Book Group brings the people together who are interested in exploring ideas and strategies for more sustainable living. Group members always aim to incorporate something from the books into their own lives, either individually or as a group, e.g. a change in buying habits or a visit to an interesting project.

Plastic Free Newton Abbot

Transition Newton Abbot is joining the Newton Abbot Plastic Free Campaign

We want to hear from everyone that wants to join us and take part in the campaign. Please contact us if you wish to take part.

There are many ways to get involved – organising plastic free events near you, taking part in litter picking, contacting shops to reduce/ stop the use of single use plastics, promote the Refill Devon campaign, engage with local schools and community groups.

For more information and the Terracycle drop off points in Newton Abbot see here.

To see what we are doing visit us on Facebook.

How Can I Get Involved?

We are always looking for people to get involved! You can find out more by joining a group but the best way to to keep track of our activities is via our Facebook page which is regularly up dated.

ACT, short for Action on Climate in Teignbridge, was set up in 2019 to help residents and councils build climate friendly communities and sustainable economies across Teignbridge. ACT is working to understand the problems, identify the changes needed, share information and ideas, and propose effective actions.



Teign Energy Communities (TECs)

Putting Energy into Communities

Our first collaboration was with Teign School in Kingsteignton. We did it! Our very first community-owned installation was successfully installed on the Sports Hall at Teign School on FEB 12th 2016. HURRAY! It really is something to celebrate.

What do we want to achieve?IMG_20140921_110143662

We want everyone in our local area to become more aware and engaged with their use of energy, so energy becomes as familiar to people as money. If you share our vision and would like to get invovled, please click below for more detailed info on the initiative.

For more information, please visit the separate TECs website.