Going green helps Letchworth GC become a Transition Town

THE green, green grass of home is flourishing in one North Herts town. Letchworth GC has now qualified as an official Transition Town and joined over 200 other like-minded communities in their quest to live greener lives and be recognised as part of the T

THE green, green grass of home is flourishing in one North Herts town.

Letchworth GC has now qualified as an official Transition Town and joined over 200 other like-minded communities in their quest to live greener lives and be recognised as part of the Transition Network.

Transition Town Letchworth (TTL) are a group of volunteers who are keen to work with individuals and local organisations to inspire and encourage changes in attitudes to food, transport, and waste and energy consumption.

Joanna Jefferson, a member of the TTL committee said: "We're delighted to have won the backing of the Transition Network. We hope we are following in the footsteps of the early Letchworth pioneers who understood the importance of local food production, respect for the environment and co-operation and community.


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"It all began when a few like-minded Letchworth residents got together to discuss how we could tackle the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil on a local level.

"The extraction of oil is reaching its peak and not long into the future the cost in energy of extracting one barrel of oil will equal two barrels. Now we want to make everybody understand and be aware of how by making small changes in their lives they can make an impact on climate change and make our towns and planet greener."

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The TTL has a number of events planned starting tomorrow (Friday) with a Transition Tots Picnic between 2.30 and 4.30pm under the trees in the fenced off playground area at Howard Gardens Park.

The TTL normally have parents or carers with children under three but if children are older they will be very welcome. There is a new group in the making called Transition Tikes and anyone interested in joining the group should email ttletchworth@gmail.com

There will be a blackberry crawl on Sunday, August 30, with plenty of blackberry picking followed by picnic tea.

Anyone interested in attending should meet at 2.30pm on Sollershott Green where South View meets Sollershott East. The TTL is urging people to bring friends and family, a picnic, outdoor games and containers for blackberries.

Picking sites will depend on local conditions but will be within a mile of Sollershott Green. For further details contact Camilla Hamilton on 07771 578522 or camillahamilton@gmail.com

The Transition Network was established in 2007 and asks communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and use their collective genius to find the answers to the problems.

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