TCN’s new Plastics Action group

Concern about the harmful consequences of our waste is very topical today; almost daily we see new studies showing the level and impacts of waste plastics in the land and marine ecosystems which provide our food and sustain our lives in many other ways.

To thrive in the 21st century, we need to move promptly from a ‘consume and throw’ society into a Caring Circular economy, which re-uses all our precious resources in more efficient and effective ways.

Plastics have given great benefits, such as fresh hygenic storage of products, and lightweight, durable articles that use less energy over their lifetime.

But it’s now becoming clear that indiscriminately consuming and throwing away materials is causing all kinds of problems, and we need to quickly move to a Circular Economy, where resources are re-used more effectively.

Progress is quite challenging, since current alternatives may even be worse; for example conventionally grown cotton has a very harmful ecological footprint involving pesticide, energy and water consumption, and even compostable plastics have a high processing footprint.

We need better understanding and action at all levels, including our own families and communities. Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement on how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, and discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement; how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

For more information or to join in, email transitionchippingnorton@gmail.com, or visit FB.com/TransitionChippingNorton or TransitionChippingNorton.org

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Welcome to Transition Chipping Norton

We are a community group for the Chipping Norton area, promoting and developing Local Solutions for Sustainable Communities – actions that help our local communities to thrive and be resilient in the face of challenges and changes to our climate, environment, economy and society. We recognise that it is our natural environment which sustains life in the long term, and we are committed to reducing our own adverse impacts on this environment.

You can find out more about our activities on these pages and on our Facebook page. Forthcoming events are also listed on Facebook.

We are part of the worldwide Transition Network, with other similar organisations across the UK and worldwide taking positive practical actions to help villages, towns and cities ‘transition’ to a more sustainable future, using current challenges as a real opportunity to envision and create the kind of communities that ordinary folk really want and need.

We are also part of Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, a local network of over 50 groups across Oxfordshire who are at the forefront of community led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy and biodiversity. The network runs over 1,000 events per year, attended by over 60,000 local residents.

We work closely with Hook Norton – Low Carbon, who share similar aims to ours and who offer many good things for the Chipping Norton area, including a Car Club, energy saving advice for homes and buildins, and a low/zero-interest ‘eco loans’ scheme.

We would love to hear from you – drop us an email at TransitionChippingNorton@gmail.com or via our Contact Us page.

 

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Our Community Allotment has started

We have now started work developing our new Community Allotment – plot 59B on the William Fowler allotments, by the school, almost opposite Glyme Hall.

We want our community allotment to be a place that will encourage and help people who are new to or unsure about growing their own produce, to more easily explore what is involved or get started. Often it’s more enjoyable and less difficult to do as part of an open group. We’d like to develop some information displays and activities that help introduce people to growing things, or explore new ideas and approaches. We hope it will aid and inspire more people to have a go!

Where feasible we would like to design and run the allotment on agroecology/permaculture principles (making a more self-sustaining and resiliently productive system, by imitating how natural ecosystems work). This includes a greater emphasis on perennials, minimum tillage, ‘forest gardens’ and mixed plantings, (for example we can inter-plant low plants and ground-covering plants with fruiting shrubs). We also want to encourage better biodiversity in our space (for example, bee and beetle ‘hotels’, plants to encourage butterflies and other pollinators or attract good insect predators).

It will take a bit of time to get properly up and running, but where feasible we would like to organise activities like these:

  • Open events with educational/informative displays or interesting activities where people can come for ideas or inspiration.
  • Simply join in with whatever is going on each week
  • Or perhaps take on some area to see what you can do with it
  • ‘Taster’ introductions for people who want to explore
  • An ‘easy entry’ for new starters, with help if growing plants seems new or scary
  • Fun educational activities and displays for children
  • And perhaps activities or information for other adult groups including people with disabilities
  • Opportunities to discuss or explore new ideas and approaches
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