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.

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: watson.j13atbtinternet.com

Our Privacy Policy

Taunton Transition Town (TTT) are committed to protecting and respecting your data privacy. This privacy policy sets out the basis on which we process any personal data that we have collected from you or about you. By processing, we mean when we collect, use, store, delete and otherwise manipulate or access personal data.


When you are asked to provide information from which you can be identified it will be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat them.


What personal data is collected and held about you?

Your data are collected when you become a member or supporter of TTT or sign up to receiving our periodic Newsletters. We hold your email address and any other information that you may have given us.


For what purpose are your personal data collected and used?

  • The TTT will only collect information needed to notify you of events that the TTT are organising or that you might be interested in, send newsletters or send you information and updates about our work and activities.
  • We will not give your data to third parties nor will we use your data for commercial purposes.


How we keep your data secure

  • All personal data are stored on an external server from MailChimp. The server is secured by firewalls, authentication and encryption. Regarding the privacy policy of MailChimp we refer to mailchimp.com/legal/privacy.
  • We will not allow supporters access to each other’s personal data.
  • We only hold as much data as needed, and only for as long as needed.


We process personal data held about you in the following ways

  • To enable compliance with statutory and legal obligations.
  • To respond to any complaint that you or another supporter might make.
  • To answer general enquiries that you or another supporter might make.


What are your rights?

You have rights in relation to your personal data.

  • You have the right to ask for a copy of the information the TTT hold about you.
  • If you find that any of the personal data that we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete or contains errors, please notify us and we shall undertake to make the appropriate corrections at the earliest opportunity.
  • Should you wish to have some or all of your personal data erased we will do so.
  • Should TTT cease operations your data will be deleted.


Restriction or objection

If you wish to object to or restrict how your personal data are processed by us, you can do so by writing to us at tauntontransition5@gmail.com.

Please be aware that such requests could result in an inability to provide you with some or all of our services.



You can request that you unsubscribe from receiving future emails by using ‘unsubscribe’ in our newsletters or by emailing tauntontransition5@gmail.com.


Third-party websites

Our websites, https://tauntontransition.wordpress.com/ and https://transitionnetwork.org/transition-near-me/initiatives/taunton/ may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. TTT are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third-party websites.


Changes to the Privacy Policy

If in the future we make any changes to our privacy policy, the latest version of our privacy policy will be published on our website.


Contacting us

Your questions, comments or requests relating to our processing of your personal data or this policy are welcome. If you want to get in touch with us please email tauntontransition5@gmail.com.



3 thoughts on “About”

  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.

    1. 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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