GrowTavi will visit the BFG at Buckland Abbey

The next GrowTavi will be on Tuesday 5th April 2011 at 2pm.

The venue will be Buckland Abbey.

Guestspeakers will include organic specialist Tom Petherick.

There will also be a chance to tour the new work that the Buckland Food Group are doing with the National Trust….veg, pigs, fruit….(cider, we hope!!)

For more information and to get on the mailing list contact Max at or 01822 618 715.


New how to guides for community renewables, food, AD, re-use, transport, hydro, wind

Local United – Diffusing practical initiatives in response to climate change and peak oil

Local United brings together and supports community activists who are setting up social enterprises to address the challenges of peak oil and climate change. It aims to speed up the rate at which good ideas are adopted by community groups motivated to build low-carbon economies.

NESTA initially provided funding for the development and dissemination of the attached diffusion packs which have been written and reviewed by people with first-hand knowledge of the community and climate action sectors they work in. Often the authors will have been involved in the conception of the project idea and in many cases they would now be regarded as experts in their fields.

If you are downloading these packs because you are (or aim to be) a social enterprise who wishes to use, adapt or develop these diffusion packs then please send your contact name and e.mail to with LOCAL UNITED in the title of the e.mail. At Local United we are aiming to develop a mutually-supporting group of social enterprises; initially providing an “incubator space” for social enterprises and co-ordinating our search for finance for successful social enterprise models:

  1. Energy Farms – Anaerobic Digestion (2.7Mb)
  2. Community-led Food Initiatives (6.0Mb)
  3. Energy Performance Energy Services Company (1.6 Mb)
  4. Community-led Hydro Initiatives (3.5Mb)
  5. Sustainable Community loan Fund (2.7Mb)
  6. Community-led Wind power (0.9Mb)
  7. Community-led Reuse of Resources (1.4Mb)
  8. Community-led Transport Initiatives (5.1Mb)

Please note: some of these files are quite large and may take time to open depending on connection speed.

Of course, any information provided is only as up to date as the day it goes to print. Many of the specific examples have worked so well because of the people involved, the skills they possess or the resources that were available to them. Thus these examples will predominantly serve as an inspirational call to arms. However, many of the packs contain useful ‘how to’ guides, copies of legal templates or list of regulations, all of which may be useful to community groups wishing to set out on their own project. All of the packs contain notes or links on where to find more help.

More information email:
Useful links:  NESTA

Composting ‘guru’ at GrowTavi open forum

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011!

Westden, The Tavistock & Villages (TaVi) Development Forum and the Transition Tavistock Food Group are pleased to announce the fourth GrowTavi Open Forum event.

Tuesday 11th January 2011, between 2-4pm at The Wharf Arts Centre, Tavistock.

To kick start 2011, we are delighted to welcome two guest speakers:

  • Terri Easton from the Waste and Recycling Department at West Devon Borough Council – Terri will be updating the meeting on how the local borough council views food waste along with some quantitative data;
  • Nicky Scott from the Devon Community Composting Network (DCCN) – Nicky is well regarded as the ‘composting guru’ and will be with us to give an informative talk and answer session on all matters compostable.

There will also be updates on:

  • the new GrowTavi GardenShare scheme
  • Transition Tavistock
  • Westden’s Community Landscape Network (CLaN)
  • up and coming events
  • and more…

We will also have time for an open space discussion for community members to raise topics and issues. As always, local representatives from Tavistock Town Council, West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council have been invited along with members from the local Private, Third and Voluntary Sectors.
If there is time, we will include a short film at the end.
If you have any questions for Terri or Nicky or matters that you would like to raise in advance please email me on

Click here for the AGENDA.