Saturday 14 November 2009

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Market town: pop. 12,000
Timeline: Started October ’08,
became official April ‘09

Transition Woodbridge started with a steering group of 10-12.  During the last year they have shown several films at local church halls, including Power of Community, Akenfield and Farm for the Future, held a hustings for the local candidate just before the European elections and a series of talks. The talks have been on a diverse range of subjects from the Problem of Population, Local Food, Climate Change and Energy to local artist Fran Crowe’s installation using 48,000 pieces of rubbish found on local beaches Spokesperson and TE Support Group member, Nigel McKean, felt that the speakers were not radical or hard-hitting enough to provoke a response or create an impact. The initiative is now concentrating on more practical projects.

Transition Woodbridge have also started having Transition Drinks once a month at the local Cherry Tree pub, as well as forming an allotment association and hosting the Permaculture club that recently built a clay oven at the Mildenhall Community Garden in Ipswich.

TW’s future plans include starting a food coop and an educational Permaculture Project. They are hoping to unleash in the spring and to become a hub for the surrounding villages and smaller initiatives.




  1. Hello Nigel,

    Linda here from Halesworth. Thanks for your interesting talk on Saturday. I promised to ask you for your advice on the a good book about permaculture. Could you post the info here?


  2. Hi Linda,

    It was good to see you on Saturday. That's a really difficult question as so many good books have been written on the subject. Although I consider Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren to be the seminal text on permaculture, it is not really a starting point. What constitutes a good book depends on how much you wish to integrate the principles into your own life.

    I would suggest that an introductory course may be a way forward, one such course will be taking place in Bungay in January Nick Watts will be able to give you more details

    I hope this helps.

    All the best