Under normal circumstances, the following projects, groups and events happen on a weekly, monthly or annual basis but, apart from those indicated, everything is on hold until the current Covid situation changes.
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Currently operating with a very basic, core team to simply keep things ticking over, until we are allowed to go back to normal.
Usually meet monthly to organise litter picks along the seashore and in green spaces.
On hold at present. For more information please see:
On hold for now.
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
Held bi-annually over a number of weeks.
Please see the Eco Open Houses online brochure for further information.
Held annually on the first or second Saturday of February.
We may organise a seed and plant swap in early Spring 2021, if permitted. Watch this space for further details.
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.
Next one will be on Sunday 19 September 2021, all being well.
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 had to postpone it due to the Coronavirus lockdown in April.
Case Studies & Event Brochure
We hope to be able to resurrect the event in a slightly different form once we are able, but do take a look at the following:
We hope you will find them interesting and inspiring. Please also take a look at our Resources page and YouTube channel for further case studies and videos. They are 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.
Do watch this website for news of a revised event once restrictions are lifted.
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 do put the date in your diary - Sunday 19 September 2021