Transition Town Andover is a community initiative to reduce the town’s dependency on fossil fuels. The aim is to raise awareness of climate change and peak oil and to help build community resilience using the resourcefulness of local people. Hundreds of towns in the UK and around the world are signing up the Transition Town movement and Andover is one of them.
Early in 2010, a small number of very committed people organised a public meeting to propose the idea of forming a Transition Town group in Andover. Following this meeting, a core group was set up and a constitution drafted. Project working groups were set up on the themes of food, green communities and schools.
Food and Growing
Aims to bring people together through growing, shopping and eating food at home, in the garden and community to reduce food miles.
- Skye Community Orchard, Topaz Drive, Andover
In 2010 a small community orchard was planted in Topaz Drive with the help of local residents and pupils from the Portway and Harrow Way schools. Later pupils from all three schools were involved in the design and making of a mosaic and tree guard which are now set up in the orchard. In 2014 wild flowers have been planted in the area. Friends of the orchard are always needed for pruning, weeding and looking after the orchard.
- Vigo Road Recreation Ground food beds
Two food beds were created in the park and during 2011 were planted with a variety of herbs and perennial vegetables as well as fruit trees.
This project aims to bring together those who want to grow their own fruit, vegetables or flowers but have no space with those who have unused space in their gardens.
- Small Space Planting
Let us know if you find a small public space suitable for a fruit tree or a few fruit bushes or perennial vegetables and herbs. Transition Town Andover will seek permission from TVBC or Andover Town Council and arrange for planting.
Andover Trees United
Over a period of ten years this substantial project is creating seven acres of woodland for Andover involving 25 schools from Andover and surrounding villages. Details at www.andovertrees.org.uk.
Projects to reduce the carbon footprint of Andover and energy bills for individual households.