Organisations, businesses, projects and groups that we think 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. Continue reading →
Abundant Earth is a local workers coop running courses in permaculture and craft skills and thus contributing to reskilling locals to develop their resilience and sustainability skills. They also manage a 15 acre smallholding near Durham, run an organic veg box scheme, sell craft products from raw materials on their site and contribute a chunk of time towards Transition Durham development. Continue reading →
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.
Veggie/Vegan Cafe and community hub. Serving fresh coffee, fresh food and fresh banter.
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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.
Claypath Delicatessen are a small independent cafe and deli with a large garden and polytunnel. They grow as much of their own fruit, vegetables and edible flowers as possible and are passionate about quality local produce. Continue reading →
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.
Transition Durham believes that the world would be a far nicer place if we got on with cooperating a lot more with each other. We also think that this extends to business and community action and legal structures so generally speaking we love coops and think they have a lot to offer when it comes to finding community owned solutions in our somewhat messed up world. Continue reading →
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 →
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) supports and produces cutting-edge research that tackles the societal aspects of energy technology through a unique interdisciplinary “Science and Society” approach. Continue reading →
Durham Exchange is a community currency system for people living in Co. Durham, UK, founded in 2001. In order to fully benefit from the system it is helpful to be able to come along to regular get-togethers and for that reason we only accept members from central Durham and surrounding areas. Continue reading →
The Durham Free Software Skill-Share project (dfs3 for short) is an informal collective which works towards increasing local computer re-use, building our community’s skills and enabling people to enjoy the advantages of a computer in their own home, regardless of wealth. Continue reading →
Find out what they are up to here.
Durham Greenpeace Group raising awareness about fracking
Durham Health Food Shop is a small independent shop and coffee house. They have a great stock of health supplements, whole foods, local produce, free from alternatives and vegan essentials. Continue reading →
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 small team of volunteers run a vegan ‘pop up’ community cafe once a month. We offer a choice of 3 hot dishes and vegan cakes/desserts, with the menu changing each month. We are not for profit, and run as an informal self-organising community group. We aim to give positive support for those currently following a vegan diet, give non-vegans the opportunity to try and talk about vegan food and diets, and provide a low cost City Centre dining option. Continue reading →
Transition Durham loves Empty Shop. An excellent independent venue that has hosted some of our meetings and events and provided us with an empty shop of our own for a public event back in 2011.
Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation in the North East of England and based in Durham City. We formed in 2008 with the idea to provide a much needed and accessible platform for artists of all levels and backgrounds to produce exhibit and engage with art. As the organisation has grown we have developed into well rounded permanent fixture in the North East art scene. Continue reading →
Food Durham is the name for the County Durham Food Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of individuals from different sectors who have an interest in any and all matters relating to food – its provenance, environmental, social and economic impact, animal welfare, and food justice – i.e. the whole food system. Continue reading →
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.
Bearpark Colliery Woods were created in 1995 on the site of the former Bearpark Colliery, about a mile to the west of Durham City. The Friends of Bearpark Woods were formed in 2014 and work to enhance the woods for wildlife and for the local community, working closely with the owners of the site, Durham County Council. Continue reading →
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.
Fruitful Durham are a coop and social enterprise that grew out of our previous working group – the Durham Fruit Group.
The Durham Fruit Group established a vision to have a fruit tree for every person who lives in Durham … that’s 40,000 trees! That way Durham residents would be able to access fresh, free fruit from their local patch. Continue reading →
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.
Handcrafted is born out of a desire to see people who are disadvantaged due to crime, alcohol or substance abuse, unemployment, ill health or old age making a positive step and becoming active members of the community again.
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Harehope Quarry is a redundant limestone quarry and adjoining land in Weardale, Co. Durham. The quarry is now run and managed by the Harehope Quarry Project, a workers’ co-operative. Much of the work carried out by the Project is done voluntarily. The Project aims to demonstrate a more sustainable way of living through its education and training programme and the management and development of the site. The site comprises the quarry, the Tip End and Cave’s Batts field. Continue reading →
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)
Low energy architectural practice (LEAP) uses a lovingly engineered architectural process to deliver highly resolved homes and refurbishments. Mark Siddall, the principal of the practice, has worked on 28 Passivhaus homes, 12 AECB Silver homes and 6 super insulated retrofits (which targeted an 80% reduction in carbon emissions). This experience firmly establishes the practice as Northern England’s leading Passivhaus Architectural Practice. Community self build and Cohousing are specific areas of interest for the practice. Continue reading →
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.
Our mission is to put you in control of a general-purpose computer which is a powerful tool, with environmental and social impacts that you can be proud of. Continue reading →
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.
The Trust Pathways campaign was set up to commemorate the memory of Dr Graham Dietz (Durham University Business School). The objective is to create a fully integrated cycle pathways network across Durham City to encourage more people to cycle in safety off-road or via protected space alongside main roads.
You can visit their website here
Providing solar services across the North East. Find them here.
Transition Durham loves recycling and making the most of our local resources.
The Wood Pile Community Interest Company recycles wood from construction sites, their Wood Recycling Community Interest Company is based in Dragonville, Durham, supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into and towards employment. Continue reading →
A movement for children and young people that helps them learn to value our planet and each other. Find them on Facebook here.