Welcome to Transition Horsham!
Transition Horsham is a community group of local Horsham area residents who are concerned about the effects that climate change and other environmental and economic problems will have on our lives in the near and medium future. We support the ideas and practical solutions of the Transition Towns movement set up by Rob Hopkins in 2006 in Totnes, Devon, where people like us wanted to do something positive to build in flexibility and resilience to their community, so that we not only survive future changes, but thrive.
So Transition Horsham is all about building community networks, sharing and learning new skills. It is about cutting our carbon emissions through establishing new community based ways of producing energy and heating our houses efficiently, reducing our individual carbon footprint, recycling and reducing waste. It is about growing healthy local produce, encouraging local biodiversity through seed swaps, mending clothes and knitting, baking bread and making preserves, learning more through reading groups and film nights, having fun and travelling lightly.
We have a number of projects on the go, so look through the website, join us on Facebook, check out the events page, sign up to get notifications, and if you think there is something you could help with or want to start, then don't hesitate, come to an event and let us know. We look forward to getting to know you.
To find out more about the Transition idea, you can start here.
Resident greets visitors at the Community Allotment
One of the permanent residents of the Community Allotment was on hand to greet visitors at the Open Day on Saturday 18th April. At first he was a little shy and stayed at the bottom of the pond but the prospect of a party got the better of his shyness and he even posed for the camera.
Visitors enjoyed a sunny afternoon admiring progress on the allotment. It was started by local Transitioners three years ago with help from the Chesworth Allotment Society. The aim is to help local people get involved with growing food without themselves having to take on the commitment of an allotment. With a growing world population and world agriculture increasingly disrupted by climate change, localised food production could become critically important. See more about the allotment here.
Seedy Saturday 2015
Saturday, 21st February saw the 6th Transition Horsham Seedy Saturday held in the Friends Meeting House.
There was early interest in the seeds available. Some people had collected seed from their gardens and allotments so that they could be swapped for others and some were free because they were past their sell-by date but still viable.
This year, the stalls around the seed tables were mainly focused on the local environment. The Wetlands and Wildlife Trust, Friends of Chesworth Farm and Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve presented material, including some stunning photographs, and attracted a lot of interest from visitors.
The Central Sussex Beekeepers Association had produced some wonderful honey, both clear and creamed, which people were able to taste and buy.
Horticultural societies were well-represented, with Southwater Horticultural Society, Horsham Horticultural Society, Horsham in Bloom, Horsham Organic Gardeners Society and, of course, the Transition Horsham Community Allotment, with information about the Open Day on April 18th.
Carrie Cort of Sussex Green Living was there with colourful material to encourage recycling. The Green Party had a stall as did Heather Glennie with beautiful and popular botanic painted cards. The raffle, soup, tea and cakes all went well.
It was a good, friendly event, but we could have done with more seeds to swap. There may be scope for Transition Horsham to set up a workshop in the autumn to encourage Horsham gardeners to save their seed. Watch this space!
Abridged from an article by Maggie Weir-Wilson which appeared in the West Sussex County Times on February 26th
July monthly meeting
A discussion meeting with Helen Peacock on Horsham District Council's strategy for a sustainable future and possible roles of community groups like Transition. There will also be an update on the allotment.
Tuesday, 28th July at 8.00pm, Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL (opposite Sainsburys) in the Rigge Room (back of the Meeting House).
There will be no monthly meeting in August
We work closely withHorsham Organic Gardeners Society
Other key links
Permaculture fruit tree pruning specializing in mature trees. 07908 710 670
Horse manure, well rotted, 50p a sack, bring your own sacks. Phone 01403 732514