Discover Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture course starts June 24th
One of the principles of permaculture is to make sure everything has multiple functions. The picture shows us planting a willow hedge. The willow will provide nectar and pollen for the bees, and act as a wind break, and divert the bees flight path away from the communal polytunnel nearby and it will looks nice.

Or join us on the community farm

Cropshare has been running for several years now with great success. Simply sign up here to take part: there are morning or afternoon sessions you can attend, with a communal lunch in between. See this blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like.

Bioblitz at Hobsons Creek

12pm Saturday 10th June - 12pm Sunday 11th

Hobsons Brook is the wonderful local watercourse, and is also an important green lung of Cambridge. But it's under acute pressure as the city grows. The Bioblitz is 24 hours of finding as many species as possible, to build a snapshot of the wildlife in the area.

We will have a stall so do come and see us, and even better give us a hand! If you can help man the stall for a few hours please fill in this doodle poll and contact Nicola (if she does not already know you).

Romsey Community Garden needs a new coordinator

The current coordinator has moved further out of town, so we're looking for a new coordinator to help shape the garden over the next year or two.

There is a dedicated team of locals who do their best to keep everything looking nice. So far, we've focused on fruit trees and bushes, vegetables, and flowers, while maintaining a grassy area in the middle for picnics and bonfires. Where possible, we've tried to follow permaculture principles.

If you might be interested in taking this on, please contact Sarah for a chat.

Join the Energy Group!

One of the largest sources of greenhouse emissions is the way we get out energy. Through actions like reducing energy consumption, purchasing more efficient equipment and installing renewable energy infrastructure, we can move towards a low carbon future. Here are some suggestions from energy group members on what can be done to save energy.

The energy group meets monthly for discussions on energy related topics and everyone is invited. Also there is lots of advice on our web pages here.

Make a donation!

As many of you know, we run on a shoe-string budget, and we generally find that we can do a lot with very little money at all.

However, there are some basic costs we have to meet each year, and we'd be very grateful for your donations.

We have set up a local giving account as an easy way to donate, or you can donate via bank transfer or cheque (details here). Donating via Local Giving means that your donation can also have Gift Aid applied. Thank you!

Volunteer vacancies

Are you a budding photographer, journalist or event coordinator? Have a few hours to help out and meet great people like you? We always have opportunities for you to get involved over here on our volunteering page. If you want to get involved, have a volunteer opportunity you want to advertise or have heard about and want to share with the community, simply e-mail us

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Now in its fourth year, One Year in Transition (1YT) is a challenging, contemporary, hope-filled programme for people (over 20) who want to make change happen. Over four week-long meet-ups and eleven months of support in between you will evolve your future income-generating livelihood.

One Year in Transition (1YT) is now in its fourth year and gets better all the time with input from students. The programme is designed to equip young adults with the tools needed to create (and flourish in) a low-carbon future that sustains ourselves, our communities and life on Earth. The programme is low cost, flexible and fun. The next course runs from September 2017 - July 2018. There are spaces for up to 16 participants with an interview process via Skype.

Applications for 2017-18 close at the end of July 2017. More...
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Transition Survey - You did it!

A huge thank you to everyone who filled in our Community Members' Online Survey over the last 3 weeks, we had over 100 responses and have discovered some illuminating information about why you are attracted to Transition Cambridge and what activities and interests you'd most like to engage with. Our Student SIP Team put in a phenomenal amount of work and have produced a very useful and worthwhile report, as well as some great suggestions for helping us to build on the successes and achievements of the last few years. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming months! We also have a lucky £20 winner, who has been contacted, and hope to formally announce this in due course. Thanks again, and hope to see you at one of our gatherings soon!
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Upcoming events


Saturday 24th June - Sunday 25th: Introduction to Permaculture

Trumpington Community Gardens 09:30-17:00 add to google calendar
Hannah Thoroughgood will be leading this course. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher based at The Inkpot in Lincolnshire. This course is the foundation that most take before moving on to the full Permaculture Design Course and possibly the diploma after this. The community garden is near the Foster Road Allotment site and Trumpington Community Orchard project, both of these sites are likely to be used during the course. contact Dave Jackson to book or for more information. Price: £40 for two days for Earlybird bookings before 1st May. £45 for later bookings.
From: Dave Jackson

Saturday 24th June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF 09:30-16:30 add to google calendar
Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. We will be having fun helping out on the farm on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm.

See our blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun, a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. Fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly.
From: Cambridge CropShare

Tuesday 4th July: Energy Group Meeting

Judith's house on Leys Road 20:00-21:30 add to google calendar
We will be proposing plans for a Low Carbon Cambridge: going into more detail on a selection of ideas from our earlier discussion - see the notes here Anyone is welcome especially if you have some suggestions.

We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More...
From: Energy Group
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