There are many local examples of community iniatives to address climate change. For some, this is a direct benefit, for others it is an indirect or secondary benefit.
- Brendon Energy – A community co-operative set-up in 2011 to establish local renewable energy, which has installed a number of solar electricity schemes, including in Wiveliscombe on the roofs of the Children’s Centre and the Community Centre.
- Brendon Orchards Cooperative – Established in 2007 to benefit the local community by helping people to use fruit which would otherwise go to waste. Brendon Orchards is a community venture which can help with pressing apples for juice, provides access to equipment and training, and organises apple days and other activities, such as wassailing and blossom picnics.
- Plain Pond Allotments – Good for growing, wildlife and local people, with a great website.
- Wiveliscombe Community Herb Garden – A place to to grow, harvest and learn about herbs on a disused piece of land at the back of the Community Centre, which was created in early 2013.
- Wivey Energy – Record of solar PV panels in Wiveliscombe, which shows that the equivalent of 59% of the town’s domestic electricity is generated by solar panels in the same area.
- Wivey Repair Cafe – Workshop session run by volunteers at Wiveliscombe Community Centre, with the intention of repairing domestic electrical items and preventing them from ending up in landfill.
- Wivey Solar Club – A community bulk-buying scheme for solar electricity panels promoted during spring/summer 2014, which resulted in ten new installations with a generating capacity of 31.5 kWp.
- Alive in Milverton – A community movement bringing people from all walks of life together to make the most of what’s best in our local area. We want to feel closer to nature in all its diversity, we want to have more fun, eat better, use less, be more self-sufficient, appreciate more and learn from each other.
- Forum 21 – A voluntary group based in West Somerset dedicated to raising environmental issues and fighting climate change. It takes its name from the Agenda 21 movement formed to take the message of local sustainability through into the 21st century.
- Frack Free EQS (Exmoor Quantocks Sedgemoor) – A group of local residents who are concerned about the potential harm caused by fracking and aim to raise awareness, to inform and to empower the local community, before it is too late.
- Taunton Friends of the Earth – Local FoE group, covering Taunton area, campaigning on environmental issues.
- Taunton Transition Town – Set up in 2008 and with links to our neighbouring Transition communities and with Taunton Deane Council. Aims to create a happier, fairer and stronger community and develop a vibrant local economy. We are about “doing” things together, but equally about being a community group with a positive outlook based on mutual wellbeing, practical collaboration – and fun!
- Taunton Area Cycling Campaign – Formed in 2016, the group promotes and campaigns for better recognition of cycling in and on the approaches to Taunton.
- Transition Town Wellington – Part of the Transition Network, we are active in several areas such as food cooperatives, promoting gardening, veg growing in schools, energy conservation at home and local energy generation from the sun.
- Quantock Eco – A group of volunteers raising awareness of environmental issues with those who live or work in and around the Quantocks area in West Somerset. Helping people make the transistion to a more sustainable lifestyle and meet the challenges of the 21st Century regarding energy, waste, food, transport and water.
- Sustainable Tiverton – Started in 2008 as part of the Transition Network Initiative, this group raises awareness in Tiverton and neighbouring communities of global warming and biodiversity loss, and encourages local initiatives to meet those challenges. Projects include apple days, bee keeping, a community cafe using surplus food, give or take, repair cafe and local rides to promote cycling.
- Other Somerset and neighbouring groups include: Transition Athelney, Sustainable Crediton, Sustainable Frome, Transition Langport, Green Wedmore, Sustainable Wells.
- Hills to Levels – A partnership between Somerset farming and nature charities that is helping landowners and farmers to farm in a way that reduces flood risk throughout the county while enhancing wildlife and producing high quality food.
- Incredible Edible Somerset – A grassroots network of home and community food growers and community organisers working to build a socially-just and ecologically sustainable food system in Somerset.
- Somerset Wildlife Trust – Protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving wild places for 50 years. Somerset Wildlife Trust manages 72 nature reserves, provides wildlife-friendly land management advice, campaigns and educates to make sure Somerset remains one most wildlife-rich places in the UK.
Other initiatives – Please email if you have a group or project to add to this page.