The challenge:

Predictions are that the world is going  to need 40% more food, 30% more water and 50% more energy by the middle of the 21st century, at a time when climate change will start having serious environmental impacts on the planet like flooding coastal plains, spreading deserts and increasing temperatures.

Sir John Beddington Chief Government Scientific Advisor 2011

In other words: “How can we manage a better community with less?”

What are Transition Towns?

Groups of people working together to find local solutions to the global challenges of climate chaos, depleting natural resources and rising costs. It is a quiet revolution unfolding around the world with thousands of groups in over 40 countries.

Taunton Transition Town was set up in 2008 and has links with our neighbouring Transition communities and with Taunton Deane Council.  Its members aim to create a happier, fairer and stronger community and develop a vibrant local economy. We are about “doing” things together, but equally about being a community group with a positive outlook based on mutual wellbeing, practical collaboration – and fun!  We welcome everyone who wants to help build local resilience in our lives, economy and environment.

What we do

We meet for film shows, presentations and discussions to increase awareness and bring people together to find ways to live more sustainably and share ideas.

We grow food in public garden spaces, such as Somerset Square and a herb bed in Vivary Park.

We offer practical ways to save energy and water and grow and source local food, using our Transition Together handbook.


Transition: The Wider Context


Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. As this is grassroots activism each town and city is completely different. Some focused on energy and created local energy groups; some on food, inspiring new ways grow in the local community.

The transition network website has produced a great introduction to transition… find here.


We welcome everyone and all organisations to help build local resilience in our lives, economy and environment.

Whether you are interested in promoting local businesses, where your food comes from, reducing reliance on imported fuels, saving money or simply want to contribute to your community, contact us and see how you can help TTT.

We are always looking for people to contribute content to our online presence.  To contact the communications team please email: shuunyanet@gmail.com .

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  1. After working at the same frozen food factory in Okehampton for 25 I was made redundant when the company went into administration this month. I am in the process of job searching, creating an organic vegetable garden and thinking about all those other people in out community made redundant at the same time. We must have many talents amongst us that have never been utilised at the factory. It seems to me that something similar to a letts system could be set up but I have no idea who to contact. In December 2010 I graduated from the Open University with an Enivronmental Studies honours degree whilst working full time – so feel I am not yet ready for ‘the scrap heap’ being energetic with a ‘can-do’ nature. Have you any practical advice for investigating alternative economies please. I live in Okehampton, Devon and would dearly love for it to become a transition town also, keep up the good work.

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Just came across your message above – I don’t know if you have found what you are looking for but localskillswap.com might be the answer. There is already a group for Somerset.

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