It has been ten years since Abbots in Transition was set up, a group whose aim is to help the community move to a way of living that is sustainable.
One which doesn’t pollute or damage our environment and one where we are no longer contributing to the dangerous rise in CO2 levels.
The group was set up by Ian Bond, who realised early that there is a climate crisis taking place which is a danger to each of us and desperately wanted to do something about it.
Inaugural member and former chair, Belinda Phipps, spoke to AbbotsNews about some of her favourite moments over the past decade.
She said: “The group has always been a lovely, friendly and welcoming place to be. People learn a lot by getting involved, and we have a good amount of community activities going on and are making a difference.
“We run four free to enter community markets each year, where people can buy and sell food grown or made locally.”
As well as the markets the group are part of the annual festival now called ‘Autumn Fest’ which provides a fun family day out, local food and where they are encouraged once again aim to plant their very own tree at home. Litter picks, the eco schools project, and film shows are also run by group members.
The group plans to do much more and hope to set up a zero-waste shop in the village and start a community energy scheme in the near future.
Abbots in Transition are looking to celebrate their first ten years by holding an everyone welcome social event in March helping people connect with all the groups in the community, to create even more connected and environmentally sensitive community in Abbots Langley.
An aim of the group is to make Abbots a carbon neutral community and now more than ever people recognise how vital that is so many more are joining in.
To get involved with Abbots in Transition, you can follow their Facebook page facebook.com/AbbotsInTransition/, they also get together on the third Saturday of the month at 10am in Elvira’s cafe inside Henderson Hub.
You are invited to join them on Saturday, March 14 or at the litter pick on February 15 at 10am at the Southway end of Furtherfield.