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Transition Bollington

This is the new page for Transition Bollington – local grassroots sustainability

Formed on the back of community determination to reduce single-use plastics in response to national and global campaigns, Bollington is now one of over 250 transition towns across the UK that is looking to strengthen its resilience against major environmental and social issues by embracing the transition ethos of sustainability and resilience.

Current projects include edible planting (community gardens) and action on plastics, although the group also work closely with the town council who are keen to embrace the social, environmental & economic benefits of sustainability.


Inspired by Incredible Edible schemes in towns such as Todmorden and Totnes, Transition Bollington are looking to plant up otherwise non-productive areas across the town with edibles – fruiting trees/shrubs, herbs, vegetables etc – that provide free food for the community whilst enabling children to learn where food comes from and the importance of pollinators in the food chain, and creating an additional benefit of bee-friendly corridors. Everyone is encouraged to help maintain and water the community garden plots, and in return they are welcome to take a little of the produce.

The group are currently working on a plot at the Town Hall to be ‘festival ready’ by May 2019. Volunteers & plant donations are welcome for this and other planting initiatives.


the initiative to reduce single-use plastics across Bollington

Heightened TV coverage of the plastics issue, particularly via David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series and features by the likes of Sky News have brought about major shift in social attitude regarding the use of plastic. Sky’s Ocean Rescue project https://news.sky.com/ocean-rescue  launched in January 2017 and they have provided regular stories illustrating the appalling results of plastic getting into the sea.

Following a community meeting in January 2018, a small group got together to start to raise awareness of the plastics issue across Bollington and encourage the transition to more sustainable alternatives. Some early achievements are listed below.

The best place to find out what is going on is our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/transitionbollington/

What are we doing in October?

🏠  This month we’ve been focussed on #LocalDemocracy and getting behind the objection to the Cheshire East Council proposal for development on Green Belt on the grounds that it does not represent a sustainable, community-beneficial or environmentally-friendly solution for Bollington.

📣  Along with other UK transition groups we’ve also looked at the proposed change to national planning law that will allow exploratory deep-borehole drilling to go ahead across the UK as ‘Permitted Development’ ie without the need for planning permission – the UK can’t meet its climate targets by dropping renewables for Shale Gas, but most importantly this proposal represents a dangerous precedent threatening the principle and existence of local democracy.

🍏  #LocalFood – Community Plots for fruit, veg, herbs – growing spaces in Bollington for neighbourhoods to create a free source of food. Apple trees, nut trees, vegetables, herbs – is there an available space near you that could accommodate edible planting?

Our festival plot at the Town Hall is being overwintered with ‘green manure’ – the seedlings now forming a green carpet will enrich the soil and prepare the planting bed. Please get in touch if you would like to help with planting.

Unfortunately we were beaten back by Storm Callum and weren’t able to hold our Plant Swap at October’s Love Bollington Market. The items left from the last one will go for fund raising purposes, keep an eye on our Facebook group for more info. We’ll back at our lovely community market in the Spring when we will be gearing up for Bollington Festival for which we have a couple of amazing events planned.

🙌  #LocalEducation – in November, primary school children will be focussing on transition as they work on shaping the sustainable Bollington of their future at the Schools’ Council of Councils at the Town Hall. Transition Bollington will be closely involved with this amazing initiative and hopes to build on the ideas raised.

💧  #LocalSolutions to Global Issues – we’re helping local businesses to get on the Refill map, if you have more ideas about reducing & taking out single-use plastic why not join our Facebook group and share!

🎃  As the clocks go back there’s still loads going on…

  • 3rd November 10am at the Community Centre, Ovenhouse Lane: Coffee Morning in aid of Bollington Well Dressing Festival, keeping traditional skills alive in our community. #LocalHeritage.
  • 7th November 7.15pmLiving Without Plastic“: local resident & blogger Sue Macfarlane hosts discussion at Buxton’s United Reformed Church on the journey to a plastic-free lifestyle.
  • 16th NovemberClimate Change & Food – a Cosmologist’s Perspective“: Prof Sarah Brindle at the Wilmslow Guild, hosted by Transition Wilmslow (see their Facebook group for tickets & info).


Many retailers have now implemented changes to swap out single-use plastic items such as bags, straws, and cutlery. For example, J.J.J. Heathcote have replaced plastic meat wrap with beautiful waxed paper bags at both of their Bollington shops! Well done Jeremy and Chris!

Anne Belfield is also working hard to find suitable replacements for her plastic items, and is now stocking milk in glass bottles. Belfield’s is the first Bollington business to be pinned to the #Refill map. Anne has introduced a discount for customers bringing their own reuseable cups when purchasing a takeaway cuppa – do visit to see how she is progressing!

The Waterside Cafe, Nancy’s, BelfieldsBridgend Centre and The Green Cafe are on the Refill map, a free app from City to Sea that shows outlets where refillable water bottles can be topped up with tapwater for free – particularly useful for walkers and cyclists.

Heathcotes paper bag

Web sites and media

The Bollington group meet monthly and we also send out a newsletter to email subscribers.

The best place to find out what is going on including meeting dates is the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/transitionbollington/

We are also on Instagram, and the new website is under construction.

💚 #TransitionBollington owning our collective environmental direction!

What is Transition?

Transition started in Devon and is now a worldwide network of projects which has been developing for about ten years. The move from unsustainable ways of life is necessary, inevitable and happening.  Many countries are now at various stages of divesting from hydrocarbons, and communities are building resilience with local grassroots initiatives created by residents’ groups.  There are now over 250 Transition Towns across the UK.  For more information on how communities are doing transition, visit www.transitionnetwork.org

Resilient, sustainable communities creating their own future they way they want it – local energy, local food, local waste reduction and community owned initiatives.

Feature film (1 hour) : https://youtu.be/FFQFBmq7X84

This page will be added to as we get material.