• Launched the Durham Local Food Website (Jan) which includes the first ever online directory of local food businesses for County Durham at a special event at Alington House, which also includes a seed swap, local bread tasting, clothes swap and music
  • Supported local independent projects including business loyalty card scheme Tagpassiton, local exchange trading system Durham Exchange, Durham University’s Green Party Society and People and Planet group, Durham City Fairtrade Partnership, environmental education centre Harehope Quarry, community renewable energy company Northern Community Power, the launch of the Durham Food Coop (May), Old Church in Sacriston, Abundant Earth, Alington House, the People’s Bookshop, the Durham Green Belt Campaign, Claypath Deli, Newcastle Community Green Festival and food waste campaigners Foodcycle
  • Supported the development of neighbouring groups Transition Derwentside to get started and Transition Tynedale in their successful bid to raise funds for a feasibility study of a micro-hydro site in Hexham
  • Organised a variety of film showings including a Farm for the Future, In Transition 1.0, Home and Ecovillage Pioneers
  • Ran and supported talks on various topics including community owned renewable energy (Northern Community Power), surviving and thriving on the land (Rebecca Laughton), developing an energy descent action plan and how to be a permaculture nomad (Tomas and Jed)
  • Supported the development of a regional alternative housing programme called Living for a Future which organised talks and presentations on living on the land, housing coops and co-housing, promoted funding for alternative housing opportunities and a short course on economics and the future of money by Mary Mellor
  • Accepted as one of ten transition initiatives to be part of the national Transition Re-conomy Programme. We organised a public event to explore new sustainable livelihoods (March) and started a new working group on economics and livelihoods
  • Durham Fruit Group received funding to build a fruit tree nursery at St Johns, Nevilles Cross and processed apples into fruit juice for sale for the first time on National Apple Day and at the Durham Food Festival (Oct)
  • Supported Masters Student Louise Senior to help us widen our community and engagement with the public which resulted in a week long event, called “What, no oil?” in an empty shop at the Gates shopping centre. The event included a kids activities with recycled materials, a big map to gather transition ideas, craft activities, launch of our Energy Descent Action Blog and our very first AGM (June). The results of the event are fed into the Durham Area Action Partnerships Climate Change Group and enabled us to develop an Outreach working group and a regular newsletter
  • Ran a stall, showed films and continued developing our transition map at the Neville’s Cross Eco Festival (June)
  • Durham Local Food Network builds a big cake using local food ingredients in the shape of the Cathedral for the EAT festival Cakebook event – it comes second! (June)
  • Launched our Transport working group (Sept) and supported the Bearpark Action Group to oppose the new roads building plan by Durham County Council
  • Tried to develop a Micro-hydro project for Durham which includes putting pressure on the owners of the Durham City Ice Rink site to keep and renew the existing micro-hydro facility
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