Our Sustainable Living Guide has been updated and improved, with more pages and a map of where to find community venues, ethical shops and places to get things repaired in Southampton.You can get your copy at the Southampton repair cafe or at any Transition Southampton event, and copies will soon be appearing at other venues around the city such as libraries, Tiger Yard. Rice-Up etc. Click on the links below to download each section.
Transition Southampton aims to inspire a happier, healthier and greener Southampton.
It’s over six years since Transition Southampton was started and in that time we’ve run an incredible number of projects, everything from cooking and workshops, fruit tree planting and community gardening through to our two green open home exhibitions and our repair cafe. We’ve produced a Sustainable Living Guide and a Station Walks book. We’ve delivered training, talks and information to many groups, and along the way we’ve shared food, watched films and had fun at socials and our AGMs. We are committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and climate change. We want to celebrate all that we already do in our city.
We now want to look to the next stage where we can really make a difference in the city. However, our co-ordination team has recently lost several longstanding members who are moving away or having to step back for personal reasons. We need people with new ideas, and we need people willing to put energy into our projects. We also welcome volunteers for backroom functions like treasurer, webmaster, membership secretary or newsletter editor – an ideal opportunity for those who’d like to help but for whatever reason can’t get to meetings.
If you’d like to see the Transition movement thrive in Southampton please email us at chair@transitionsouthampton or come along and meet us at one of the upcoming events in our city
The Southampton Repair cafe is open on the first Saturday of every month (except January), with the next session on 5th December from 10.30am-1.00pm at Fremantle United Reformed Church Hall, 257 Shirley Rd.
Repair cafe aims to keep everyday items away from landfill, save resources, give people the opportunity to learn new skills and build community.
At the repair cafe we will have repairers who are able to repair small portable electrical items, portable wooden furniture, item needing glueing, jewellery, leather goods and bikes - along with sewing and mending, and advice on computer operation. All this plus a cuppa and a cake! Do come along with your items for repair, or if you are unsure what you need come along and ask.
Future cafes: 6 Feb, 5 Mar, Apr 2 at Freemantle United Reformed Church hall from 10.30-1pm. (No cafe in January.)
Learn more about repair cafe here including more about how it works and how you can get involved.
Our fruit tree bulk buy project offers people in Southampton and the New Forest the chance to get their hands on some bargain priced fruit trees and bushes. This year we have the following varieties available:
- Apple trees (1yr old) - Crimson Bramley, Worcester Pearmain, Katy, Suntan. £9 each
- Blueberry bush - garden or patio variety. £9 each.
- Mulberry tree. £17 each.
- Conference pear (2 yr old). £12 each.
Deadline for orders is 8th January 2016. All orders must be collected on Sunday 21st February, 11am - 2pm from:
- the Seed Swap event at Southampton Solent University,
- Ashurst, or
Our very helpful supplier, Adam's Apples has lots of information on fruit trees and varieties on their website: www.adamsappletrees.co.uk.
The apple trees are on MM106 rootstock - producing bush trees growing to 12-15 feet. Trees start cropping in two years from planting and are in full cropping after 5-6 years. Can be grown as a bush tree or trained as cordons or espaliers. Fruit can be grown in the lower half of the tree and can be picked from the ground.
The pear trees are on Quince A rootstock, growing to 15 feet.
What it's all about...
Our TREEmendous project buys fruit trees in bulk at a reduced price and passes on the saving to local residents and community groups. In the past five years, over 400 fruit trees plus many fruit bushes have been planted in the Southampton and New Forest area through this bulk buy scheme and many trees were donated to local schools and community spaces. The project aims to create more local food in Southampton and create a virtual orchard across the city.