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!


Bournemouth Repair Cafe

Bmth Repai Cafe

Come along to our FIRST Bournemouth Repair Cafe on Sat 21st Nov atBeaufort Community Centre (Beaufort Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH6 5LB) from 1pm-2:30pm. We are joining up with Beaufort Give or Take to help you save money and keep your stuff out of landfill!

Get in touch via to find out more or to sign up as a volunteer.

Transition to a Green Economy

On July 16th Transition BH took the opportunity to present at Bournemouth University’s 2015 Festival of Learning.

Entitled “The Transition to a Green Economy – How can we achieve it in practice?”, the event brought together speakers from Transition Towns Bournemouth and Poole to engage an audience on how we can continue to make our towns more sustainable and enjoyable places to live.


To begin, a video created especially for the event featuring Transition Network founder Rob Hopkins was shown. Embedded below, this outlines the rationale behind the Transition Network and how it has grown from being a reaction to the challenges facing the modern world into becoming a global movement which is rebuilding local economies in sustainable ways.

Gwyn There was then some lively discussion between audience members and the Transition BH panel as to how we can continue to move the area towards a greener economy. Everything from less wasteful food distribution to online co-ordination of efforts and even ambitious projects like community energy and local currency was on the table.

The Transition BH panel then had an opportunity to present some of their existing and upcoming projects, underlining how much is already being done in the BH area. Attendees had the opportunity to take away flyers and information on many of these endeavours; going by how many chose to we certainly made a good impression!

Transition BH is an “umbrella” group which facilitates communication and collaboration between Transition Town groups around the Poole Bay area.

The PowerPoint slides used in this presentation contain details on contacting us about any of the projects discussed at this event, Click here to download the slide deck.

Slades Farm Open Day 2015

Slades Farm community garden held its 2015 summer open day on Sunday July 12th. Visitors were tempted by choice plants for sale and yummy cake to learn more about the Slades Farm project and about the Transition BH groups as a whole.


Many people had a look at the pond, and had a go at pond dipping. The new pond was completed in spring and is now a key feature of the garden, with lots of water creatures, like water beetles, water boatmen, damselflies and dragon flies settling in.

11737813_10203167285462959_7601187097080758129_nLots of water snails have mysteriously appeared, and in sunny weather the pond attracts damsel and dragon flies. We have loads of cinnabar moth caterpillars on the ragwort this year, they are the cute-looking yellow and black stripey ones.

Garden plants and home-made cakes were available from the stalls setup for the event. Also provided was a range of information detailing the activities of the local Transition groups, collectively known as Transition BH.

Slades Farm community garden is located in a relaxing natural environment, with nearby children’s playground, skate park, velodrome, recreation ground, woods, and of course lots more stalls and activities around the Ensbury Park Community Centre.

Now in it’s fourth year, the garden is home to several varieties of young fruit trees and a range of vegetable patches containing potatoes, strawberries, beans and many other types.

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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


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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

Bournemouth Repair Cafe – Volunteers needed!

repair cafe banner


Are you handy? Do you hate waste? Could you share your repair skills and give broken items a new lease of life?

We need skilled volunteers to act as ‘Fixers’ at a series of Repair Café events in Bournemouth.

Transition Bournemouth and Bournemouth Council want to encourage local people to consider repairing damaged items, even if they are unsure how, by ‘asking the expert’ at a Repair Café and learning new skills for next time as the item is fixed.

IS09AI3H4We are looking for various ‘Fixers’ to give as much or as little time as they can spare, including people who are handy with:

  • Clothing/textiles
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Bicycles
  • Furniture/wooden objects

Not a repair expert but fancy being involved?

Repair Cafés also need welcome volunteers to act as a host or hostess. You provide everyone with coffee and tea, help new visitors at the reception table and act as a contact for the ‘Fixers’ and the visitors in the Repair Café.

Interested? To find out more come and have a chat on from 7:30pm on Wednesday 10th June at Kino Lounge (39 Bourne Close, Bournemouth BH2 6DP). Email us at or call 01202 451654 to let us know you will be attending or to find out more.

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 –