Round up of 2015

2015 was a busy and enjoyable year Transition Bournemouth. We attended several events and ran a few of our own, launch new project and made great progress with existing ones. Here’s a summary:

Lets hope 2016 is just as good!


BH Green Drinks Festive Feast 2015!

Green Drinks Festive Feast 2015 banner

Come and join us for some festive food and fun with friendly like-minded people. This event is open to anyone interested in anything green!

We have booked several tables at Zoukinis Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant in Westbourne for Thursday 10th December from 7:30pm. Downlond the Zoukinis Christmas Menu 2015 then e-mail! to book your place!

invite your friends to the Facebook event!


The Transition to a Green Economy – How can we achieve it in practice?

The transition to a green or sustainable economy represents one of the most important challenges to society. Approaches to economic development are needed that avoid damage to the environment, while also improving human wellbeing and social justice. Some of the most exciting ways to achieve this transition have emerged from grass-roots initiatives such as transition towns. This event will explore how the transition to a green economy can be achieved in practice, by considering experience gained through the transition town movement and other related approaches. This talk will feature presentations from the local transition groups and a video presentation from Rob Hopkins, founder of the transition project.

Join us Thursday 16 July, 7pm-9pm at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus


TBH at BU FoL.2

Big Green Quiz 2015 – Food and Drink Special!

As part of Bournemouth and Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership’s Good Food Fringe Festival Transition Bournemouth presents: Big Green Quiz 2015 – Food and Drink Special! A quiz for all you green foodies out there! Come test your knowledge of all things culinary including music and picture rounds. It’s £1 per person to enter and teams can have a maximum of six members. The winning team take the pot!

Wednesday 24th June from 7:00pm at Monty’s Lounge (926-928 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL). Join the Facebook event!

SPECIAL OFFER! Book a table via 01202 241415 and get a homemade burger, chips and a drink for just £10!

Go to and search for Good Food Fringe to find more great sustainable food and drink events.

Quiz 2015 poster

Energy Monitor Loan Scheme coming soon to a library near you!

Transition Bournemouth with support from Bournemouth Borough Council and sponsorship from Green Goals will soon be launching a new energy monitor loan scheme in libraries across Bournemouth.

Residents will be able to borrow a monitor from their local library, just like a book and discover how much electricity they are using. It is hoped that this will encourage behaviour change meaning people start to use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

Go into your local library today and ask to reserve a monitor and be the first to have a go!

Energy Monitor Poster FINAL

Springing into Action at Slades

This weekend (28th-29th march) will be a great time to visit the Slades Farm Community Garden! We have some really exciting stuff going on!

Digging the wildlife pond

Saturday we are preparing the wildlife pond for our big pond filling event on Sunday.  The workday will start at 10am and you are welcome bring a picnic lunch and stay as long as you like.

The jobs will include cutting turf to edge the pond and creating piles of soil ready to level the pond as it as it’s filled.

On Sunday we’ll be kicking off bright and early at 8am getting the underlay, liner and extra protective layers in and final touches sorted before the Dorset Fire and Rescue arrive at 9:30am to fill the pond with about 40,000 letres of water!

wildflowersThen from 2pm we then have our Big Dig 2015 event, where we’ll be digging a bed and sowing wildflowers!

There will be LOTS to do on both days so please do come along and help us finally fill our much anticipated pond. Over the next few weeks we will be planting lots of native aquatic plants and creating a great wildlife haven for everyone to enjoy.

For more info about all of the event mentioned above visit:

Pond Filling Prep

The Great Pond Filling!

The Big Dig 2015 at Slades Farm Community Garden –

Transition Bournemouth present… VOICES OF TRANSITION!

You are invited to the only screening in this area of the award winning film Voices of Transition, to be shown by Transition Bournemouth on Tues 3rd March 2015 downstairs at Kino Lounge, Bournemouth, BH2 6DP at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00 pm. After the screening we would really like to hear your thoughts and reactions to the issues raised.

Admission free but donations much appreciated!


VoT poster


Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop

On Sunday 8th February, we are having get together to review our plans for Slades Farm Community Garden. We will develop and agree our plans for 2015, and review and refine the overall design for the garden for the future.
We’ll be looking for really creative off-the-wall ideas as well as injecting a dose of practicality !

Please bring along any images or objects that you think will be inspiring, and think about any resources or skills you’d be happy to contribute.

Drinks will be available, at least from vending machines or water dispensers but feel free to bring a snack for sharing.
We will be gathering from 09:30 for a 10:00 start, and finishing by 13:00.

The venue for the workshop is room PG10, on the ground floor of Poole House (the main building, housing the reception area) of Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus (Wallisdown, BH12 5BB). There will either be signs to the room from Reception, or someone to provide directions.

A facebook event has been set up called Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop – please use it (if you use facebook) to let us know if you will be coming along.Tomatoes

Wildife Spotting at Slades Farm Community Garden

S0544420The Saturday, 3rd May, the Bournemouth Naturally Project, supported by the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, will be running a wildlife survey at Slades Farm Community Garden, from 10:00 – 12:00.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

Also, same place, same day, Bournemouth residents, who bring their current council tax bill, will be able to get their compost on a first-come first-served basis from the car park on Ensbury Avenue next to the community centre at Slades Farm from 09:00 until 1.00pm or when the compost runs out, whichever comes first. (In previous years, the compost has all gone by mid-morning!)

Residents will also need to bring their own bags or containers totalling no more than 70 litres for collecting the compost.

Bournemouth Council’s grand give-away is a as a big ‘thank you’ for residents’ efforts in recycling their garden waste.

Other upcoming events :

Birdtrail: a wildife walk on Sunday May 11th at 09:30am to see deer and birds in the New Forest, starting from Bolderwood Car Park , attended by the chief ranger of the New Forest, the RSPB, and bird experts, and possibly Chris Packham! If you are interested in attending, please contact Paul Levey on 010702 545547 or

Will from Down to Earth Bushcraft is leading another bushcraft walk at Hengistbury head in association with the new visitors centre on May 18th. For more info or to book a place please call the visitors centre: 01202 420909.