local Transition initiatives

Transition Network has an interactive map to find your local Transition initiatives. My closest was Forest Row, then Lewes and Brighton. I surveyed these for their current activities.

Transition Forest Row

Population: approx 5,500 (2011 census)

Area: 32.5 km2

District: Wealden

County: East Sussex

London: 29 miles NNW

In the north-west corner of East Sussex, bordering West Sussex, Kent and Surrey and surrounded by the Ashdown Forest on three sides. The River Medway flows through the village and the centre of the village lies at the intersection of the A22 with Lewes to the south and East Grinstead to the north and the B2110 to Hartfield and Tunbridge Wells to the west. Wier Wood Reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest hosting a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. There is an industrial estate in the village.

Unleashed March 2008.

“In 2007 a group of people living in and around Forest Row came together to find ways of creating a better future. We had deep concerns about climate change and the depletion of the earth’s resources…

… we have organised films, community debates, a children’s festival, seed swaps, gardening and jam making, community bag making, electricity monitoring, permaculture courses, storytelling, camps, and coppicing days. We have been involved in a range of other village events (apple day, cycle day, the community market, and twinning fun day, to name a few). We discovered great things on our doorstep and wanted to promote and share them (for a taste of that, we have produced a local food directory). And we began to host converstaions to build a vision for the future and to look for actions that we as a community could take.”

From Forest Row in transition – Energy Descent Action Plan

Now (based on a meeting with Mike Grenville): great events and projects behind them, a good network and structure, ripe for new initiative.

Projects currently associated with Transition Forest Row

Forest Row Forest Gardens

The Crossing

Forest Row Car Club

Forest Row Energy Initiative


Local Food Guide

Forest Row in transition – Energy Descent Action Plan

Growing Food Locally – Transition Forest Row video

Transition film showings hosted by Forest Row Film Society