Transition Stroud

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

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Smelly fruity wildlife

We have spent today thinking throught the vision for Transition Stroud. We did not get so far with structure. That will form the focus for a half-day workshop soon. Please try to come along. Your views really matter.

People's visions are listed in no particular order, just as they emerged, but organised under headings. They are interspersed with pictures from the workshop itself. We were all asked to model Transition Stroud as it is now, in plasticine and fluffy things. James's involves lots of pumpkins and other prickly plants; Melissa's vision reminds us not to be too fluffy (!) and Ben's look like a very solid structure indeed - but we're not sure about the rather tight boundary that surrounds it!

So how will Stroud look in 2018?


All new buildings produce low/zero carbon
Treehouses and other hidden houses within forest gardens
Nouncells Cross has merged into Summer Street allotments
Lots of shared/communal living arrangements
Public buildings are multi-purposes
Supermarket buildings are used for gatherings, markets, etc.

Quality of Life

Painting in beautiful colours
Public art (anarchically created and displayed)
No health and safety rules - using own intelligence
Lots of gardeners chatting to passers-by
Living outside
Know lost of people I meet
Street parades and dances (no heavy metal)
Community celebrations

Working together happily
Loneliness and isolation a thing of the past - togetherness
People relaxed - a slower pace of life
James is the Mayor of Stroud!
Recognition that sharing feeds us all
Fewer people; lots of laughing
Children learning out of doors
People are more at peace - less frantic
People know each other and are friendly - talk to each other in person
Old people's skills used and valued - skills centres run by elders
Children being freed
Enabling each other
Neighbourhood schemes
You can't walk more than 2 miles without knowing someone

Community bakehouse and icehouse
Farms as hubs for food, energy, industry, education, compost and communities
Smell fruity wildlife
Vegetables fruit and flowers everywhere - growing veg in gardens
The bypass has become an orchard
Farmers' market three days a week
Berry fields
Varied forms of agriculture: animals, vegetables, nuts, seed, fruit, hemp
Shared eating
More animals around (hens, goats, etc.)


The Earth is sacred
Clearn streams and rivers
Hear more wildlife
Respect for nature
The land is not for sale
Fewer road; more trees
Wild swimming
Wildlife thriving
Working horses


I never smell petrol fumes - only hear cars in the distance
No cars, or far fewer cars that run on renewable energy
Joined up public transport powered by solar, hydrogen and PVCs
Bicycle hubs for community use
Revival of canal system for transport
New rail station at Stonehouse high level - Nailsworth railway reopened
Lots of people walking
Tram up the High Street and Bisley Old Road
Aerial wire transport system from hill to hill
More use of animals for transport and farming

Transition Stroud
Reaching out, connecting
Hope solutions
Transition Stroud networks community decision-making: no more SDC and GCC!
TS well supported
TS hub/resource centre (or hug resource centre?) - demonstration centre
Transition Stroud no longer needs to exist
TS active and running smoothly

Traders guilds
I am wearing boots made by a local cobbler from a Stroud cow, local hand-made clothes uninfluenced by fashion and locally made jewellery
Schools are workshops and full of as many adults as children
Animal farm for children and husbanding skills - children are learning to grow and cook food
Old skills are brought back to the commonality
Theme markets selling crafts, where we hear the noise of chatter and play
We look back to the Age of Waste and Greed
Trees for use - woodland co-operative
No poverty - social services, hospitals etc. reduce as the need for them reduces
New industries for recycling waste - mending workshops
All small shops busy
Local jobs - no need to commute
More exchanges; less money, or no money at all, or local money!
Murals replace adverts and signs
Local small-scale industry is thriving
No McDonalds, no Woolies, no Barclays . . .
Mindset has changed so that money no longer equals survival
Industrial units side-by-side with food along the canal
Work day ends early and starts late!


A huge locally owned wind turbine in Rodborough
Tidal stream energy
Power and heat from sewage
Solar panels
Heating with wood - sustainable coppiced woodland (instead of TV)
Micro/personal home energy


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