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Transition Town Tufnell Park began in 2010, and is part of the rapidly growing Transition Town network, locally, nationally and globally.
Over the years, the Transition group has set up and run green social evenings, community gardens, energy projects, film screenings, a local market, foraging events, bicycle rides and more!
We are looking for new people to come in with fresh ideas and capacity to take things forward!
The core group disbanded a few years ago because of other priorities , and most of these projects have now fizzled out.
The main project we are working on is a local community map, to help us re-locate ourselves in our communities. We need people to help to develop this, and carry it forward!
The Transition Town movement is a positive response to the challenges of diminishing cheap oil, coupled with climate change and a fragile financial system.
The Context of Transition
The idea is to move away from everything in our lives depending fossil fuels and move towards a less polluted, more sustainable lifestyle.
It’s also about re-finding a lost sense of community; we can’t face these challenges ourselves, nor rely on others to so the work for us – we must get in to groups and work together.
The vision for Transition Town IG3 is “We are a group of local residents sustaining and transforming IG3 in a caring and environmentally friendly community”
Some of the projects Transition Town IG3 have identified we want to initiate immediately are as follows
1. Design and create a community forest garden in Goodmayes park. This is an immaculate way to address food sovereignty; increase biodiversity in our food growing systems; sequester carbon; manage greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change; bring people together; educate; allow people to share their knowledge and passion, and have fun.
2. Create a children’s permaculture club to help children connect to and love nature
3. A carers support group, to help people who are caring for others to find people they can talk to and meet regularly
4. A clothing up-cylcing project which facilitates residents to take old clothing and jazz them up and have lots of fun with like minded people. The project culminates with an up-cycle fashion show.
5. Wholefood food buyers co-op to get quality food to people at wholesale prices. Buying this way will reduce packaging, transportation, as well as build community
6. Run regular gift circles to encourage people to share and care for each other
7. Energy awareness to help people to understand their energy consumption
8. A vegan community cafe to give people access to healthy, local, ethical, environmentally friendly, affordable food
9. Run workshops on effective collaborative working, so we can work well in communities
The project is run by the community for the community, so we welcome people who are interested in living in a more environmentally friendly way. We look forward to welcoming people who have something to share or want to learn and be part of making IG3 (seven Kings and Goodmayes) a better place to live.
We are registered as a Community Interest Company
We are based in Ilford, East London. We started in 2014 and are engaged in several different projects, including community energy, sustainable food growing, a food cooperative, a Forest Garden, tree planting and wildlife gardening. We are always looking for new members and new ways to engage the public in Transition.
Our most successful project is the creation of a Forest Garden in Valentine’s Park, a local and well attended park. We managed to secure a site with the help of the park keeper. This project is now in the planting stage and we hope to continue to engage the community in the years to come.
We have also run a Food Fest – an annual event which for the past 3 years has brought together local enthusiasts – both individuals and organisations, to share skills and information to help people grow and share their own food. We’ve run workshops on how to grow edibles, composting, growing microgreens, fermentation and pickling as well as seed saving.
We have run an awareness event on caring for the earth in a local primary school to show children the importance of helping to protect the environment. We engage with other primary schools in the area as well as starting an awareness club in a secondary school.
We have been running the Repair Cafe which is a free and friendly meeting place where we repair things (together). Tools and materials are available to help you make any repairs you need; on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc… You’ll also find expert repair volunteers, with skills in all kinds of fields.
We are also running regular Energy cafes in Ilford. These offer an informal, friendly way to give energy saving advice to people struggling with fuel bills. We offer information on how to save energy and money by changing their fuel tariff or supplier, taking simple actions to make their home more energy efficient and financial help they may be eligible to get.
Our Community Energy working group is focused on advising community buildings on how to change to LED lights and is currently exploring a partnership to set up a Solar for Schools project locally. In the summer of 2019, we participated in the Green Fair, Ilford’s very own green festival. We organised workshops there on a multitude of subjects such as composting, campaigning, fermenting, herbal teas, upcycling, using cloth nappies and seed sharing and also supported a repair cafe.
We also planted a wildlife garden in the car park of a local church and have organised several tree planting events. During lockdown members did short videos on making cuttings, composting and other gardening themes. We also offered free seeds and seedlings for people to take.
Our Food Coop allows members to buy organic foods at a reasonable price. It regularly does orders for organic and environmentally friendly projects from Infinity foods.
We’ve also run a Christmas organic vegetables project at a local shop.
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