Transition Stroud

This is a shared history blog. Together we can write the history of our process of transition as it happens.

Friday, 14 March 2014


We are pleased to announce the 7 winning films for 2013. Stroud Community TV is a Transition Stroud project and now has over 1,100 films with a Stroud connection. We are awarding some of the best!

Philip Booth, co-founder of the project said: "Stroud Community TV is a way of celebrating Stroud and the Five Valleys, sharing inspiring stories and building a greater sense of identity. It is run entirely by volunteers. We like to tell good news stories about the projects and events in Stroud and encourage more of those - but it is also about showcasing the creative talent here, nurturing more, supporting local organisations and businesses and giving a voice to those less often heard."

Members of the public suggested nominations for their best 2013 films and now they have been voted on by a team of judges including Neil Carmichael MP, Mayor of Stroud Amanda Moriarty, Stroud Life's Victoria Temple, Eastenders actor Sean Gleason, Chair of Stroud District Council Community Committee Cllr June Cordwell and more.

The results which include a Transition film of the Fix It For Free cafes are available at:

Philip Booth, who organised the awards said: "It is great to see so much interest in the project. We'd love to hear from more filmmakers. amateur or professional, who would be interested in filming local events and projects."

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Liz Hilary who opened home with low cost ideas
Transition Stroud is again bringing together householders, individuals and organisations across the Stroud Valleys to celebrate ‘fit for future’ homes.

Transition Stroud will again be opening homes to share tips and information on eco-renovation and building. This year a record 27 homes will be open - from old, listed buildings to self built wooden homes; from modern terraced to 17th century detached.

The event will be held on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, from 11.00am - 5.00pm and homes will be opening across the Stroud valleys.

An organiser, Jane Brown said: "We are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the West Country to come and get inspiration from home owners who have experienced the highs and lows of sustainable building work. Many people return year after year since they have found the event so helpful. Many are choosing to take several measures in their own homes."

Philip Booth, a local District councillor, who set up the Open Homes project added: "This is a great opportunity for people to learn more, cut their bills, increase energy security, support local suppliers/jobs and cut carbon."

You can see films from previous years by going to:

This year we will also be holding an Installers' Fair in the Stroud Subscription Rooms on Saturday 26th April, 10.00am - 2.00pm to give people the opportunity of talking to suppliers and getting some ideas before the Eco Open Homes event the following weekend.Children can come and build their own home at the Installers' Fair too.

See more at:

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Stroud Potato Day today: film of Amanda Godber saying what it is all about!

See the film at:

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Woodfuel Group celebrate 600 hours of conservation

A group of volunteers supported by Transition Stroud has been helping the National Trust with their woodland management. Transition Stroud is a network for local people and groups working on the transition to a locally-based low carbon lifestyle. The project started in 2011 and the team meet about 5 times a year to support work in Randwick and Standish Woods, Shortwood and Haresfield Beacon.

On Saturday 14th December the group celebrated 600 hours work with potatoes and sausages baked on a fire.

John Fisher, Coordinator of the group, said: "It''s been great for us to work in partnership with the National Trust; to be able to assist, Tim Jenkins, the Ranger, with some conservation and woodland management. In nearly 3 years the group has provided over 600 hours!"

Philip Booth, who helped set up the group, added: "It is great to come together with other local residents - and a bonus is, that often the members are able to leave with a boot load of wood to chop at home. Tim Jenkins has been fantastic - particularly great is learning more about our local woods from the ancient barrows to 70 year old anthills and rare moths. Many of us have missed some of the great stories and life of our countryside; it is wonderful to reconnect and learn."

Tim Jenkin's, the Ranger who supports the work, said: “It’s a real privilege to work in partnership with Transition Stroud, to have the local community involvement is so important. Their enthusiasm and commitment has helped to manage a beautiful part of the Cotswolds, here at Haresfield.  We are very lucky in the Stroud area to have so much free access to wonderful countryside providing so many benefits.”

See more about Transition Stroud at:

You can see a video made March 2011 about the project at:

Monday, 22 July 2013

So much to see

A most enjoyable wander around Wharf Farm run by Judy and Bert King. 
well kept, happy goats, with hens running in and out checking for scraps.
Judy also showed us ducks, hens, pigs, and the straw they had been spending so much time on lately which meant they are behind with harvesting the luscious fruits that are growing in their veg garden.
They also had an orchard with a variety of fruit growing and a top bar hive which doesn't give a lot of honey (for humans!) but keeps bees in the orchard for pollinating....

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Edible Open Gardens 2013

So far so good......

We've had a steady stream of visitors to the gardens. 

Gardeners have commented on how different it has been from last year (some gardens flooded!) with really hot weather and great refreshments

5 more gardens to see - 
Sunday July 21st
Wharf Farm, Cambridge, GL2 7AL 11.00 – 2.00 (morning only) Workshop
Smallholding of 9 acres / goats’ milk and kid meat / pork / duck eggs / hen eggs / goats / poultry.
Permanent pasture / deep water pond.
Drop in workshop – keeping farm animals

Days Cottage, Upton Lane, Brookthorpe, GL4 0UT 2.00 – 5.00 (afternoon only)
Family run business / cider and perry / old and unusual varieties of apple and pear / big veg garden / 2 
polytunnels of mixed veg / fruit and vines / forest garden.

Saturday July 27th
Larkshill, Field Road, Whiteshill GL6 6AH 11.00 – 5.00 Refreshments
Magnificent views no-dig beds / wildlife pond / wormery / chickens / polytunnel / indoor veg bed / 
herbs / herbacious borders / lawns with children’s play equipment / mixed native hedge.

Vines at Thrupp Allotments 11.00 – 5.00
Allotment / vines / presentation on English Sparkling Wine

Primrose Villa, Lower Street, Ruscombe, Stroud GL6 6BU 2.00 – 5.00 (afternoon only)
Established 29 years / started organically now bio-dynamic / on hillside / no dig / deep bed system / 
cottage garden / small pond / wild life area.

Hope to see you there.....

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Spring gardening event

Today was the spring gardening event organised by Amanda Godber and others from Down to Earth Coop in the Market Tavern garden in Stroud. Transition Stroud also helped and organised some stalls.

The range of organisations and, perhaps more importantly, small local groups and individuals offering information and advice as well as plants was really encouraging at a time when more and more people are thinking of growing their own and linking gardening with food supply.

With even government ministers suggesting we need to 'dig for survival' it's comforting to know that in Stroud we have a strong network that can support people in their efforts.