Transition Town Andover
Early in 2010 a small number of very committed people organised a public meeting to propose the idea of forming a Transition Town group in Andover. Following this meeting a core group was set up and a constitution drafted. Project working groups were set up on the themes of food, green communities and schools.
In late 2010 a small community orchard was planted with the help of local residents and pupils from the local schools. Later pupils from the schools were involved in the design and making of a mosaic and tree guard for the orchard.
As people have moved away we have become a smaller group. Our current aim is to be an umbrella organisation so that all environmental groups can work together. Currently we are creating a foraging map and local business directory. We are, in collaboration with Andover Mind, running skills workshops.
One of our initiatives is Andover Trees United, a community woodland project, started in 2012 charity 2016. This started as a 10 year project engaging children from the local schools to plant 10 thousand trees (a thousand a year). They have a 7 acre wood leased from the Country Council. ATU has won numerous awards, including 2014 Hampshire CPRE and 2015 Observer/Guardian Ethical Awards, in the Ecover Young Green Champions Category. As well as trees there are wild flowers (planted by the community as plugs), pond September 2016 (requested by children) shelter designed by NCS students and a whip bed created by excluded pupils. There are also memorial trees, 2 orchards and various other plantings in the community. They are looking to extend the project. http://www.andovertrees.org.uk/
A junior branch of ATU was created from children from various schools, who have attended Plant for the Planet academies www.plant-for-the-planet.org/ Tin January 2017 two members visited Ireland to start off the initiative there.