Welcome

Transition Southampton believes in a positive, sustainable, community imagined future. We work with local communities, organisations and local governments to create positive, sustainable, community-based solutions that tackle climate change and energy scarcity. We are part of the international Transition Network, and have a range of active and past projects across food, energy, waste, transport and the built environment, including our long-running Repair Cafes (see below.)

Transition Talks

Our popular series of wildlife and gardening related talks by ecologist Kevin Bryan has concluded, but we hope to repeat some of the next year. Next year we are planning some film showings at October Books In Jan and Mar (our AGM will be in Feb) and a series of talks on Water at Highfield Church Centre during Apr-May. Sign up to our newsletter to keep informed.

Our Projects

Our current projects include Repair Cafe, Growing Places and Composting projects. We’ve run various projects and events over the years including our Open Homes Weekends. Check out the full list here and get in touch you’re like to get involved or have an idea you would like support with, by emailing chair[at]transitionsouthampton[dot]org

REPAIR CAFE

Repair Cafes run regularly around the city.
Freemantle Baptist Church, Testwood Rd, SO15 8RL on first Saturday of each month except January: next dates 4 Feb, 4 Mar (TBC)
St Denys Community Centre, Priory Rd, SO17 2JZ on alternate third Sats: next dates 21 Jan, 18 Mar
Both Repair cafes will run from 10.30-13.00. Just turn up for repair or a cuppa! We welcome cash donations as we can’t take card payments.
Totton Repair Cafe is run by one of our repairers Next dates: 2023 dates: Feb 18, April 22, Jun 10, Aug 19, Oct 21, Dec 9. For more details see their facebook page.

For more on Southampton Repair Cafe see our blog.

Repair Cafe Documentary

This short video gives a good indication of what we do at our Repair Cafes and why. It was created by film students at Solent University who attended our Repair Cafe events in November and December 2021 at Freemantle and St Denys. We thank them for creating it.

Blog: Could Southampton become one of the first National Park Cities?

Southampton is a unique city well known for its Maritime history, ancient walls and it’s pioneering in the fields of science and medicine. But Southampton’s natural heritage; our parks, the Common, green spaces, allotments, gardens, local nature reserves, and rivers are often undervalued. Learn more about Southampton National Park City on our Blog here.

Blog: From Gas Boiler to Air Source Heat Pump

If you’re curious about what’s involved in converting from a gas boiler to an Air Source Heat Pump, check out this fantastic write-up from one of our new contributors Richard, which has recently been updated 18 months after installation.

Bitterne Park Growing Places

We’re repeating our successful community food growing project again this year, with a big seed giveaway in February. Watch this space for news of what’s next this year.

Imagine 2030 using the Transition Time Machine

See what people saw in 2030 when they travelled into the future. A full write-up is available on our Blog.

Gardening projects

Our green gardening consultancy program continues for those within walking distance of Portswood. Feedback from recipients has been uniformly positive – why not see if our volunteer ecologist’s advice could help your garden support wildlife. Our retro-fit “rat proof composting” research also continues. If you have rats in the garden and are interested in trialling a rat-proof bin or compost collar or live within walking distance of Portswood and would like a wildlife garden consultation see our Green Gardening Consultancy page.

Our Planting Native Plants scheme will be restarting in the autumn, allowing you to buy native trees and shrubs at discounted prices, with the aim of supporting more wildlife in our gardens. See our Planting Native Plants (PNP) for more details.

Join a Southampton Group

If you’re looking to get involved with a local group there any many amazing environmental organisations around the city, some are listed here.