Transition Town Dorchester is one of well over a thousand Transition Town initiatives that have sprung up all over the world in the last few years.

So what is a Transition Town? These communities have started up projects in areas such as food, transport, energy, education, housing, and waste in response to the global challenges of climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale efforts make up something much bigger and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

It’s the opposite of sitting in our armchairs complaining about what’s wrong, and instead it’s about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours. Members often say that as a result of being involved in their local ‘transition initiative’, they’re happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.

Practical projects developed by Transition Town Dorchester include a thriving community farm in Poundbury, a garden-share scheme and a local food co-operative. 
Why not come and help us grow some food in the centre of Dorchester at the Railway Community Orchard? We have regular workdays on the first Saturday of every month, and you’ll find us there from 11am until 3pm.

The orchard has been created on an area of overgrown land and we’ve been busy clearing away brambles and sycamores and planting trees and fruit bushes. We’ve got bees, a pond – and a place for picnics, too. But we need your help!

For more information check out the website at or come along to a ‘Green Drinks’ social evening on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30pm in Goldies pub, High East Street, Dorchester.

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