Organisations, businesses, projects and groups that are not formally associated with Transition Durham at the moment but we think they are doing great work and deserve some attention.
A local group that are trying to establish an intentional community as inspired by the Findhorn Foundation. Check out there facebook page here
A community hub on North Bailey in the centre of Durham City which hosts a range of interesting organisations and events, including some of our Transition events, find them here.
A group campaigning against crazy new road and housing developments on the western edge of Durham City. Take a look at their Facebook page that shows you the plans.
We were impressed by this community garden when we last visited, especially the solar powered rainwater harvesting system. You can visit their website here.
Brandon Community Garden in the height of summer
This group recycles bikes. Find them on Facebook here.
Solar PV experts that are local to Durham, see their website here.
We like it when people decide they can live without a car but sometimes being able to access a car or van is helpful so you might need to know about Co-Wheels Car Club who are based in the North East and have several electric cars in Durham.
as a Transition group we are not affiliated to any particular political party but of course this one has many overlapping aims and campaigns. Find them here.
This project included mapping of veteran, ancient and notable trees and whilst the project is no longer running the group is still interested in recording the location of these trees.
Veteran, ancient and notable trees can be native or introduced species and can occur in many different forms: maiden trees (a tree that has not been subjected to any form of cutting), coppiced, pollarded and many others. They are interested in recording trees that have a particularly large girth for the species and display important wildlife and habitat features such as hollowing or associated decay fungi; decaying wood both within the trunk and in the canopy; sap runs; water-filled rot holes and loose bark and rotting stumps.
You can add find information on the survey and how to add a record here.
The UK Co Housing Network defines co housing communities as intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, and share activities by agreement. Continue reading →
Find out what they are up to here.
Durham Greenpeace Group raising awareness about fracking
The local organic gardeners club that have a regular programme of talks and also organise an annual potato day where you can buy a wide range of seed potatoes for your allotment, garden or patio tub. Find them here.
Meet every Sunday morning in Allington House, the community centre on the Bailey in Durham City Centre. Contact them.
They are always happy to share their skills including braiding, weaving on looms, tapestry weaving, spinning etc and members can borrow equipment and books. Take a look at their website here.
Let them give you creative ideas on how to reuse and repurpose items that may otherwise go to landfill. Find them on Facebook here.
A local branch of a national organisation, they serve up food that would otherwise go to waste to those on low incomes or homeless. A fantastic project and they would love it if you could volunteer, find them here.
The Foodcycle team promoting their work
Don’t throw it away, if it’s still useful give it away via Freegle. Durham is one of many groups in the North East which can be found here.
Sensibly campaigning for new developments to be on brownfield sites first. Check them out here.
This group manage a lovely woodland valley in the heart of Durham City (just up the end of Waddington Street) and are also developing a forest garden which includes fruit trees and bushes. There is an annual Wassail, a traditional ceremony to celebrate fruit trees held in January, and they have other events during the year. Find their website here.
Your local fair trade shop, great for presents, tea, chocolate and coffee, based at St. Nic’s Church in the Market Place.
This is the University’s Environment Team. They plan and promote all of the University’s Environmental Plans and coordinates environmental initiatives across the University. Find their webpages here.
A range of vegan items and if you just want a conversation, you’ll be pleased that they don’t have wifi …here is their Facebook page
They manage a beautiful allotment site with a central space for picnics and sharing plant wisdom that is surrounded by a wide variety of apple trees. An active fruit group manage all fruit trees and bushes planted on the site for the benefit of it’s members and so individual plot holders focus their growing on vegetables, flowers and the occasional dyers plant. (Contact 01207 520759)
Provide support for social enterprises that are bringing positive social, economic and environmental change to our region. Find them here.
A wonderful retro cafe / bar and in a launderette. We love the way they have combined the two functions and they are known to hold music events too.
Highlights the history and use of the River Wear today
Makes a stand for phasing out nuclear weapons, ending international arms sales and honouring international peace treaties through education work, campaigning and peaceful protest. They meet monthly and would love to hear from you.
A pop up community cafe that intercepts food before it becomes waste and serves it up to the community on a pay-as-you-can basis. Run as a social enterprise, they welcome help with cooking and washing up in lieu of payment so it really is inclusive.
Providing the opportunity right in the centre of Durham to buy a reconditioned bike or donate your old one as well as help with bike maintenance. We are delighted they choose to be in our community as well as having a base in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle. Pop into the shop by the bus station in North Road or take a look online.
A local hero, Robert Swan was a Durham University graduate and an advocate for the protection of Antarctica and renewal energy. Look him up on Wikipedia.
For bicycle hire, purchase and maintenance. Check out their website.
St John’s Church at Neville’s Cross organise an annual eco-festival in their grounds. It attracts many of the local environmental groups, so is a great event to find out more about what is going on locally, and you can also enjoy refreshments and entertainment from local choirs and musicians. They list details under the Special Events section of their website.
Located with a view of the Cathedral, this well kept site is definitely worth a visit on one of their annual open days.
Encouraging community outreach and volunteering amongst the student community of Durham University.
Part of Durham University, the Institute addresses issues that affect populations around the world who live in areas where natural disasters are a daily threat and explores how communities can build resilience so that they can cope better when such disasters strike. Lots in interesting articles and a programme of public events are available here.
This beautiful Victorian church is now a community venue run by friends of Transition, Janiece and Paul. They have a cafe (check for opening times), run regular social dances and other events. It’s also available to hire. Find them on Facebook.
It’s really worth finding this independent, radical book shop right in the centre of Durham. As well as having a wide range of books, it’s also a great meeting place to discuss ideas, get involved in community campaigns and learn more about the NE. Details of their opening hours are on their website.
Providing solar services across the North East. Find them here.
A movement for children and young people that helps them learn to value our planet and each other. Find them on Facebook here.