Transition News

What is Aquaponics?

  Aquaponics is a sustainable / closed circuit way of growing fresh vegetables, herbs and fish together symbiotically.  More here...

If you’d like to learn more, Aquaponic Life are a not-for-profit company who are running ‘Introduction to Aquaponics’ and ‘DIY Aquaponics’ courses in East Sussex, they aim to help inspire communities to reconnect with the nature of food and become more self-sufficient. Contact Neil or Emerald at

26 Mar 2014.

A few things you should know about slugs

More food growing tips from Jon...

  We never did get a winter, did we? Autumn went on forever, and now spring seems to be here. Mild, wet and windy weather has brought some beneficial effects for the gardener; however, it probably means that we will have a bumper crop of slugs.

Now, to my mind, slugs are attractive little creatures, with a rather interesting love life... more

1 Jan 1970.

Living with climate change - Chris Rowland's story...

One of the things Transition can bring is the ability to turn 'living with climate change' into inspired and positive action.  We asked Chris Rowland of Ovesco to tell us his story...

12 Mar 2014.

The Climate News Network

A ready-to-use factual service that brings you the latest news of climate change science. You can sign up for emails here...

Read Farming on sand by Kieran Cooke.

12 Mar 2014.

Lewes Food Group

Bulk Buying Food Group - Based in Lewes

Lewes Food Group buy food in bulk from Suma every 2 months.
Good Quality, Ethically Sourced & Organic Food at wholesale prices.

10 Mar 2014.

The Lewes Pound Loves Freedom

  The Lewes Pound is delighted to be sharing in the growing excitement in the build up to the commemoration of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes in May 2014.

We are working to bring out the new issue of our notes slightly early so as to coincide with the beginning of the fortnight of Battle-related events starting on 3rd May and hope the designs will reflect some of the themes. More on the Lewes Pound website...

19 Feb 2014.

Energy Month

  Image from a recent event held run by Richard Watson in Bexhill on Sea called Energy Month at which Ovesco and other groups in Community Energy South met. Greg Barker attended the event and took questions from the groups.

Ovesco leads on community climate solution...
3 Mar 2014.

Grow your own food: March

You can plant almost anything in March, or you could, if the ground was not so depressingly wet. Walking on wet beds is not good for soil or carpets, and if the damp persists anything you have planted out might well rot. Raised beds, of course, are quick to warm and to dry. The weeds are already flourishing, and if you can get a hoe to them now, you will save trouble later. There is much to be done indoors - tomato, pepper, cucumber and aubergine seeds can go into the propagator, if you have one; in most cases, putting pots in sandwich bags will do just as well.

  Obviously we will watch the weather, and do what we can, when we can. Assuming you have washed all your pots, sharpened your tools, disinfected the greenhouse and serviced your mower (no, nor have I), perhaps this might be a good time to plan some new project. And wouldn't a decent herb garden be a good one?
More here by Jon Gunson...
1 Jan 1970.

TTL Food Group Constitution - Model for Groups

The Food Group worked hard on a group constitution a while ago, using the TTL principles plus a standard model constitution for groups. We've put these on the website so that other groups can use them.

11 Feb 2014.

13 Questions to you - please reply

We'd really like to hear from you

We're gathering information about people who read our monthly newsletter/visit our website and the impact Transition Town Lewes is having in relation to your lifestyle choices, etc. It's a short survey - only 13 questions - and will probably take you no more than 5 minutes to answer. Please help if you can.

Here are the questions...  Thank You!

1 Jan 1970.

2% for young savers at the Credit Union – and big businesses needed!

If you are looking for an ethical place for children’s savings, an East Sussex Credit Union Junior account is a good deal. Currently the interest rate is 2%, paid and reviewed quarterly. More information here...  All savings are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Adults can now join online Membership is growing rapidly, helped by a new partnership with Unite the Union, inviting new members from across South East England.

Some large businesses and other organisations in East Sussex, such as the Brighton & Hove Buses and Lewes District Council,  have payroll schemes with ESCU for their employees. These can be a painless way of saving, and loans may be available on better terms. The Credit Union is looking for more local businesses who will offer this to their employees - it is very simple to set up.

Saving and borrowing at a credit union means more money stays local – both our savings and the interest payments if we get a loan. People can avoid doorstep lenders and money shops that will charge far higher rates and not allow early repayments. ESCU also welcomes donations, which help to fund smaller loans that often go to people most in need.

With new funding and support, our local Credit Union is growing steadily, and becoming more like a community bank – future developments include basic bank accounts and membership for community groups and businesses.

27 Jan 2014.

Fed up with funding climate change?

Switching to a renewable energy supplier can be a lot easier than you think – and sends out a strong message to the big suppliers.
Use our list to make your change now - wouldn't it be wonderful if these suppliers suddenly saw a peak in customers from this area?

23 Jan 2014.

Lewes Neighbourhood Plan

Lewes Town Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan, and has invited TTL to join a community steering group which will define its vision, priorities and content.  If the Lewes community and council accept the Plan, it becomes statutory planning policy and any development in the area will need to conform to it.  This could be an opportunity to encourage and promote sustainable design and construction, reducing energy demand in existing buildings, local community energy, sustainable transport networks, local small businesses, and more! 

TTL is forming a small group to explore responses to the Plan as it evolves over the next year, drawing on Transition Town principles and practice.  If you would like know more or to join the TTL group, please contact Dirk Campbell on 01273 479018.

22 Nov 2013.

The Burning Question

By Ann Link and Juliet Oxborrow

Late November saw Guardian journalist Duncan Clark speak to a capacity audience about his book The Burning Question at a public meeting organised by Transition Town Lewes.

  The Burning Question explores how the world has any chance of keeping within the critical 20C temperature rise agreed at the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks, given that carbon emissions keep rising exponentially.

In his talk, Duncan explained that burning fossil fuels has so far put 2,000 billion tonnes of CO2 into the air. To have a 50/50 chance of staying within the two-degree limit, the world can afford to emit only an additional 1,600 billion tonnes of CO2 (or just 700 billion tonnes for a 75% chance).  Read it here...

Useful links and information

Why can't we quit fossil fuels?
Alternatives to the big energy suppliers
– a comprehensive guide to renewable suppliers.
Burning Question – Actions to take

1 Jan 1970.

Switching to an independent renewable energy supplier

Send a message to the Big Six energy companies: switch to an independent renewable supplier. It can be easier than you think, and prices are competitive.

26 Nov 2013.

Worth Watching - The Story of Stuff

Take inspiration from these short, fun clips about the life cycle of stuff we consume. There may be a way of using these to spread awareness of the issues and if you have ideas and are keen to work on a project relating to this, TTL would be happy to hear from you.

The Story of Stuff from The Story of Stuff Project

18 Nov 2013.

News from East Sussex Credit Union

If you have long been meaning to join the East Sussex Credit Union, there is a new opportunity! You can now join online and save and borrow knowing your cash is staying local and going to help the community in East Sussex. You can still visit the Brighton office on weekdays between 10am and 3pm, and the Lewes help point is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon in the community flat on De Montfort estate. For more help points see website

Our Credit Union also offers Workplace Savings & Loans Schemes, with payments made direct from employees' payrolls.  These are currently available for staff at ESCC, Lewes and Wealden District Councils, Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Brighton & Hove Buses, University of Brighton and  Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust, among others.  Anyone working for these employers can contact us to arrange membership and take advantage of the services on offer. Further details can be found on the Workplace Schemes page of the ESCU website.

We are also looking for willing employers to join this scheme, as we believe that this offers a valuable service to employees.  Please get in touch if you think your place of employment and colleagues could benefit.

18 Nov 2013.

SNUG - Draught proofing for homes in Sussex


SNUG is a Transition Town Lewes enterprise, providing draught proofing services and workshops across East Sussex. Whether you want to draught proof your home yourself, or want an expert to do it, we’re here to help. more...
7 Nov 2013.

Enterprise space needed - can you help?

A new social enterprise is seeking to set up a community aquaponics system here in Lewes - but they need space to do it.

Green Acre Aquaponics

Neil Whichelow and Emma Poole have, between them, been involved in sustainable food generation for 30 years. Aquaponics is an efficient food production system that combines farming fish and vegetation in a symbiotic environment where water and nutrients are naturally recycled and reused, and food can be grown free of environmental pollutants. Read more...

24 Oct 2013.

North Street: vision for the future

The prospective redevelopment of the North Street and Phoenix Industrial Estate area of Lewes has fuelled heated debate well before any formal planning application has been put forward. But with a site slap bang in the middle of a National Park, it also offers a golden opportunity to nurture a development that leads the way in environmental, economic and energy resilience. More...

25 Mar 2013.
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