All Change: New name for our group

Free heat loss studies

Join a gleaning day to rescue local produce

Join us with your produce, plants and seeds

Free heat loss studies

During evenings in January, volunteers with Transition Hythe will again be conducting informal heat loss surveys of homes in Shepway…

News

All Change: New name for our group

Transition Hythe is now the Hythe Environmental Community Group. This website is being moth-balled and a new one will follow shortly but, for the time-being, please visit our new Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403528403025955/ for details of all of our events, litter-picks, courses, film, talks etc. And contact us on hytheECG@yahoo.com to be added to our email…

Free heat loss studies

During evenings in January, volunteers with Transition Hythe will again be conducting informal heat loss surveys of homes in Shepway District using a thermal image camera provided by Kent County Council. This camera can pinpoint “hot spots” on dwellings which often suggest simple measures which could improve the comfort of residents and reduce heating costs.…

Join a gleaning day to rescue local produce

This is a busy time of year for gleaning and there is plenty of produce that is going to waste on farms in our area. If you would like to be involved in rescuing this for good causes then it couldn’t be easier. It is a sociable, healthy and worthwhile pursuit. To join a gleaning…

Join us with your produce, plants and seeds

On Saturday 8th October, from 10am to 12.30pm, we will be holding another of our plant, seed and produce swaps. This will be outside the town hall in the centre of the High Street, at the Undercroft. Come along, bring anything you’d like to swap, and go away with new items and, usually, plenty of tips and…

Another apple press success!

For the third year, the sun shone on our apple press day in Hythe High Street. We had a great time, meeting many familiar and new people, with lots bringing apples and mucking in with creating the lovely, fresh apple juice. The press itself was a particular draw for kids, with lots of enthusiastic chopping…

Forest garden working party invitation

There’s another opportunity to visit the lovely, fascinating forest garden in Woodchurch for a working day or half day of End of Summer tasks. This is well worth doing, as those who have seen Nigel’s labour of love will know, and it will include a tour and explanation of this form of gardening. The dates…

Foraging blog: Elderberries

In the first of a regular blog, George Kirby considers the delights of elderberries and provides a recipe for a traditional vinegary sauce Late summer days are still warm, and in the hedgerows the berries are ripening. It’s generally too early for nuts – not that we can persuade the squirrels to agree with us…

A busy Hythe Festival fortnight

We have a range of events in this year’s Hythe Festival. Learn about bees, visit the community garden, take tea on the canal side, and join us at the Free for All on the Green event. On Wednesday 6th July, we’ve a talk by Nicki Gammans, who is running the scheme to reintroduce the short-haired…

Transition Hythe forthcoming meetings

We’ve two get-togethers coming up, one related to the overall health and direction of the group, the other looking specifically at all things to do with recycling and waste in the area. On Saturday 25th June join us for the first of what are meant to now be quarterly get-togethers. We’ll have a quick review…

The Organic Gardener

Reducing waste: An update

Following the screening of Trashed in Hythe, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ came up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community and we’ve made a start on most of them, so this is an update…

Projects

Thermal imaging

Transition Hythe has had access to a thermal image camera from Kent County Council for the last five years. Each year, we seek people who would like to have their houses tested for heat loss. This has been via the local press, through other groups such as the Hythe Civic Society and Rotary Club (we’ve…

Renewables

We have a sub-group looking at renewables projects in the town and surrounding area. Here in Shepway, there are a lot of natural resources – wind, water – and a need for jobs. However, it seems the only way that any renewable energy schemes other than those of private residents will come about is via…

Inner Transition and reskilling

Passing on skills and transition of the individual are important parts of the Transition movement and we have embraced them within Transition Hythe. Clearly, there are elements of this within most or all of our general projects but we have also run a series of courses, with others planned. Those courses have stemmed from the…

Bug hotels

Using a collection of pallets and other material, there are now bug hotels in a number of sites in and around Hythe. The first two were at Folkestone Academy Primary School and St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, followed by Hythe Bay School. One is now at the planning stage for St Augustine’s Primary School in Hythe.…

Ecobags

We have been doing our bit over the last couple of years to drive plastics bags out of Hythe. We kicked off in Autumn 2012 when we launched our first Transition Hythe ecobags. This followed a supply of 50 jute bags ‘falling into our laps’, left over from a previous student project. These sold well…

Community growing

We would love to greatly extend the amount of food that is grown within the community. At one time, post-war, a large amount of food was grown in the town but, through development, most growing areas were lost, including large swathes of allotments. There is no reason why existing areas shouldn’t be opened up again,…

Litter picks

Of all our activities, the litter picks are the ones that have mobilised the most people. A conservative estimate is 300 people having been involved in one or more of these. We have held them on a more or less monthly basis, often focusing on the beach, but also taking in other areas, including the…

Local retailer scheme

The transition scheme is always looking at ways to encourage the use of local shops. As with so many High Streets, Hythe is under pressure from online alternatives and mega-stores (the arrival of the huge Sainsbury’s was a blow). A Transition Hythe sub-group was set up and  among the topics of debate have been a…