Transition Streets

Transition Streets Project:

Together with Transition Stour Valley, the Apricot Centre is coordinating a Transition Streets project for the Stour Valley area. (download a copy of the energy section of the manual at the bottom of this page).

Gather with a group of friends or neighbours and work your way through a manual to guide you thought the complexities of becoming more sustainable in your own household.  Most of the ideas in the manual are very simple and don’t cost a penny, and it has been found in pilots that households can save up to £500 per year from their bills. The manual is very comprehensive and it takes you through all aspects of running a more sustainable household.

The idea is that you meet for 7 times, @ 2 hours per meeting to discuss a section. The chapters are;

·         Getting to know each other and planning how you are going to meet etc

·         Energy – how to save it !

·         Food

·         Water – how to reduce, reuse and recycle it

·         Waste – how to reduce, reuse and recycle it

·         Getting around – transport facts and ideas how to reduce your costs.

·         Evaluation and where next

Transition Stour Valley provide the manuals free of charge (they cost @ £11 each) funded by the Dedham Vale AONB.  We just need to collect some data at the end of the project (on how much energy/ carbon you think you might have saved, we have evaluation sheets to guide you through this) and we can help start the groups off at the first meeting as well. There is no expectation or pressure to change anything at all, everybody is welcome to come along to a group and take the 1st steps towards lessening their carbon footprint.

We have a number of groups starting in the New Year in and around Manningtree, Lawford, Mistley, Ardleigh,  East Bergholt, Dedham, Wivenhoe,  St Johns Colchester, if you would like to join one let us know or start your own!

The project is being run by the Apricot centre on behalf of the Transition Stour Valley please contact Marina with any questions on either or

Marina - Mark O'Connell,
20 Dec 2013, 10:18