DT1: How to live sustainably

Dorset Echo: Kate Forrester from Transition Town Dorchester Kate Forrester from Transition Town Dorchester

Transition Town Dorchester was in an unusual setting at the end of October, as we joined forces with Dorchester Benefice and Big Lottery funded Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset project to celebrate the annual One World Week at St Peter’s Church, writes Kate Forrester from Transition Town Dorchester.

The theme was ‘More than Enough’, and the event looked at how we are using more than enough of our planet’s resources.

We also took the opportunity to explore the different ways in which we as individuals and as a community can tackle the problem. More than 200 people came to look at the exhibition and contribute their ideas, which were all well received.

Back at the community farm, we are polishing off work on a Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant which we won last year. We have put the finishing touches to a lovely cabin, and have finally built a composting toilet, which we’ve been looking forward to for about two years. Now, at long last, we can have as many tea breaks as we want.

The pond in the next door orchard has been dug and just needs to be lined before we can fill it with water. And we are putting up a picket fence to keep the geese out of the water. Last weekend we picked up three bee hives and brought them to the Poundbury orchard. They are new colonies, and their weight, as we lifted them, indicates that they contain honey. However, we are leaving it for the bees for their first winter, so we will just have to look forward to masses of honey next year.

The community farm is behind the Weymouth College Skills Centre, off Middle Farm Way in Poundbury. Workdays at the farm are held most weekends, with shared lunches and tea breaks, and everyone is welcome to come and join in. Email info@transitiontowndorchester.org or visit transitiontowndorchester.org

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