Feature: Transition Town Totnes

In 2005 Totnes sowed the seeds of an almighty global eco-project. The first experiment of its kind, Transition Town Totnes (www.transitiontowntotnes.org) looked ahead to a world with less oil, which would therefore be harder to source and more expensive. It then examined ways to counteract the estimated impact on multiple aspects of our lives, from food and car use to healthcare and schooling. Since then hundreds of Transition Network (www.transitionnetwork.org) initiatives have sprung up around the world.

In Totnes look out for Incredible Edible (fruit, veg and flowers being grown in unused and public spaces for everyone to share); low-impact, eco, community housing (Transition Homes), food foraging walks; bike-repair workshops; and the Totnes Pound (www.totnespound.org), a local currency you can ‘buy’ in Totnes, then spend in local shops. Totnes is even home to the UK's first zero-waste shop: Earth. Food. Love.