Retrofit Talk and Q & A with Local Architect Sarah Kemp and Panel as part of Eco Open Houses - Tues 25th Jan - The Shoreham Centre - 6pm - 8pm
TTW Repair Café - Sat 29th January - 10am-4pm - Friends/Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd, Worthing, BN11 5DR
Visit to BIFFA site, Warnham as part of Eco Open Houses - SOLD OUT! Mon, 21 February 2022, 10am- 12pm
Biffa Site Tour Sold Out. Please contact us if you'd like to put your name on our cancellation list or to register your interest. If we get enough people interested, we may organise a second tour on a different day.
Seed Swap - Sat 19th March, 10am-1pm - Freedom Works covered car park, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HJ
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: 29th January 2022, 26th February, 26th March
For more info and to book a repair slot see our Repair Café pages
Held bi-annually over a number of weeks.
Retrofit Talk and Q & A with Local Architect Sarah Kemp and Panel - Tues 25th January 2022, 6pm - 8pm, The Shoreham Centre
This talk with architect, Sarah Kemp and a panel of experienced retrofitters, will be focussed on looking at a whole-house, phased approach to reducing your home’s carbon emissions. For more info and to register for your FREE place go to Eventbrite here.
Visit To Biffa Site Warnham - SOLD OUT! - Mon, 21 February 2022, 10am- 12pm Free tour of Biffa’s Brookhurst Wood Waste Site – where you can learn what really happens to all that black bag rubbish?
Event Sold Out. Please contact us if you'd like to put your name on our cancellation list or to register your interest. If we get enough people interested, we may organise a second tour on a different day.
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 and usually on the first or second Saturday of February.
Our next Seed Swap event will be on Saturday 19th March from 10am-1pm at Freedom Works covered car park, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HJ (opposite the Assembly Hall), very kindly co-organised by Sharon Leppard from The Great Little Farmers' Market. Please note change of venue and date this year, due to Covid restrictions.
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.
We are now in the process of planning the Green Dreams Community Food and Greenspaces Festival 2022 and will put the date up when we have decided when this will be.
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. It might be helpful to watch the videos in conjunction with the case studies (link below) and even take a look at the event brochure to give you an overview of how we intended the event to work. We hope you will find all of this 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 lovely family event depends entirely on a group of very dedicated volunteers to make it happen. It includes the obvious seed and plant swapping plus an opportunity for local community groups to showcase what they do so well. Take away food and drink available.
Our next Seed Swap event will be on Saturday 19th March from 10am-1pm at Freedom Works covered car park, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HJ (opposite the Assembly Hall), very kindly co-organised by Sharon Leppard from The Great Little Farmers' Market.
Please note change of venue, due to Covid restrictions.
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!