Ford Materials Recycling Facility - Site Visit - Mon 11th October - 10am - 12pm - Part of Eco Open Houses 2020 event - FULLY BOOKED
TTW Repair Café - Sat 30th October - 10am-4pm - Friends/Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd, Worthing, BN11 5DR
Please see below for details of each event and keep an eye on this page for updates or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for up-to-date information.
We are gradually trying to get our greenspaces groups back to some semblance of normality and these are running regularly now - please email us for session days/times (which will also be in our monthly newsletter). We always welcome new volunteers. Please contact us to find out how to get involved.
The Transport Group are meeting online at present.
See the Transport Group's Facebook page for up-to-date information:
Usually meet monthly to organise litter picks along the seashore and in green spaces.
For more information please see:
Usually runs on the last Saturday of each month, from 10am to 4pm, at the Friends/Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd, Worthing, BN11 5DR
Upcoming dates: 28th August, 25th September, 30th October, 27th November
For more info and to book a repair slot see our Repair Café pages
Held bi-annually over a number of weeks.
Ford Recycling Plant - Site Visit - FULLY BOOKED
Another event we are now pleased to offer is a visit to the Recycling Plant at Ford on Monday, 11th October 2021 - 10am – 12pm. (rescheduled from the 2020 EOH event) For more info and to book your FREE space, please see:
More events to be announced soon!
We have also started to upload some video tours of the Eco Homes which were due to take part in our 2020 event. These can now be viewed via our YouTube channel, so please do take a look and keep checking back as we shall be uploading more over the coming months.
Please see the Eco Open Houses online brochure for further information on the planned 2020 event.
Held annually on the first or second Saturday of February.
We hope to organise a seed and plant swap in Spring 2022, if we have the resources and support. Watch this space for further details and please do get in touch if you would like to help us with the planning and running of the event!
This is on the 3rd Saturday of September to tie in with the Marine Conservation Society's annual survey.
The event is usually based on Beach House Green, Worthing, working on the section of the beach east of the Pier.
This event is on hold for now. We will post updates as and when we have them.
Held annually in September at Field Place Manor House and Barns, Worthing.
The next Green Dreams Community Food and Greenspaces Festival will be on Sunday 19 September 2021, 10.30am - 4pm.
Eco Open Houses provides inspiration and practical advice on how to create healthier, warmer, more eco-friendly homes and workplaces. This bi-annual local trail showcases inspirational ideas, best practice and ways for homeowners, tenants and businesses to save money whilst helping the environment. It’s a great resource for anyone in the building industry, especially anyone retrofitting property.
The branding Eco Open Houses belongs to Low Carbon Trust, a Brighton based company, who have very kindly allowed us to use it for our five events in Worthing.
They have been running events in Brighton and Hove for many years and they helped us fund and organise our first major Eco Open Houses event in 2014, in conjunction with Steyning. Prior to that we had attempted a couple of little mini EOH events with just three homes participating.
From the success of the 2014 event, we then went on to organise EOH events on our own for Worthing and part of Adur in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Sadly, although we had spent eight months organising the 2020 event, we were unable to present it in the form in the brochure, due to Coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions.
However, we have made videos of some of the properties you would have been able to visit and you can find them on our YouTube Channel. Please see below links to case studies and the event brochure for all the properties, we hope you will find them interesting and inspiring.
Please also take a look at the "Documents/Eco Open Houses" section on our Resources page for further case studies/info sheets and continue to check out our YouTube channel for videos of properties and talks, which will be updated regularly as new ones come in. They are all great examples of what can be done, whatever your budget, to save on water and energy bills, contribute to CO2 reduction, support local eco systems and help mitigate surface water flooding.
Together we can make a big difference.
Other organisations have created their own versions of Eco Open Houses events and the links are here:
The annual Seed Swap, Sow and Grow event grew out of the Transition Town Worthing Food Group and has been run since 2010.
Dr Barbara Pilley Shaw, one of the founder members of Transition Town Worthing, has worked tirelessly to create a meticulous Seed Swap model for us to work from.
Claire Hunt and Lisa Leach from Breathing Spaces have organised the seed saving side of things for this event, ever since it began in 2010, as well as supporting Barbara with the event organisation.
Each year, since it started out at Bishop’s Palace in Tarring, it has grown in size and popularity to become a key event in the calendar for many local gardeners.
This event depends entirely on a group of very dedicated volunteers to make it happen. It includes the obvious seed and plant swapping, an opportunity for around 30 local community groups to showcase what they do so well, a popular pop-up café selling home-made food, excellent local speakers on related subjects and entertainment by groups like South Downs Folk Singers.
It’s a great family event, latterly held at Oak Grove College, Worthing.
The conservation of the marine environment, with the ecosystem services it provides, is essential for climate regulation and food supply.
Reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels, and pollution-busting the mountains of plastic waste from their derivatives, is ever more pressing.
As well as the monthly beach cleans run by Plastic Free Worthing, Transition Town Worthing also works alongside other groups such as Surfers against Sewage, Worthing Climate Action Network, Worthing Borough Council, Worthing Heritage Alliance and Sussex Wildlife Trust as part of The Annual UK Beach Litter Survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
The MCS is hugely proactive in protecting our seas and for over 25 years they have run the UK’s biggest beach clean-up around the autumn equinox every September, providing invaluable data to inform government and the public on the state of our polluted beaches, helping to drive productive conservation projects.
In Worthing the survey has become part of a Coastal Fair with natural history, geology, built and cultural heritage guided walks, stands promoting climate friendly eco-homes, Morris dancing, maritime drama or songs of the shores! TTW has supported Dr Barbara Pilley Shaw in organising the Coastal Fair and Beach Clean since 2010, collecting and preventing a great wealth and variety of litter from entering our precious seas and damaging the biodiversity of our coastlines. It’s been great fun creating art from the litter collected, led by local community artists such as Creative Waves.
Once the Beach Clean has been completed, the MCS litter survey findings are summarised in a display at the Worthing Library, featuring issues such as broken glass bottles, dog poo, cigarette stubs and smoking litter, or dangerous fishing tackle.
Transition Town Worthing has been part of the organising team of this very popular local event, held at Field Place, Worthing, since it began in 2016.
Like Seed Swap, it provides an opportunity for many local community groups to showcase what they do – growing and producing food, crafts, entertainment – anything that supports local sustainability and community resilience.
The past couple of years has seen over 2,000 people coming along, whatever the weather! It’s a wonderful family event so please do come along and join us!