Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help people adapt to the local effects of climate change and live more sustainably.
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CLS in Dorset Newsletter July/ August 2015
Welcome to our July/ August newsletter. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to 
West Dorset
Open Eco Homes
12-13 September
We're delighted to be hosting this event again - for the third time. This year there will be homes open across West Dorset. 
Last week, hosts were treated to a "practice" tour of Chit and Lucy's house and very productive garden. Read more...
Helpers wanted - we'd like some help with publicity (distributing posters, and signs) and to support hosts on the day.  If you are interested, contact

Dreaming of
Paris in
the winter?
The Climate is Changing, and so is what we're doing about it:
Jan 2015 - wind power produced 14% of the UK’s electricity
July 2015 - UK’s hottest July day ever recorded: 36.7°C 
Dec 2015 - World leaders meet in Paris to agree how to keep climate change to a 2°C limit.

But what will we do in Dorset? Let’s talk about it!
We know people in Dorset care about climate change, so now is the time to let more people know. We're holding a workshop to do just that, but we want to make sure it works for you, please help us by answering a few questions.  Click here
Community Share Offer 
Target exceeded!
On 6th July, the Dorset Community Energy share offer closed. The target of £135,000 was exceeded by more than £45,000!
Thank you to everyone who applied for shares. The directors met on 22nd July to agree the allocation of shares. Share certificates and share application refunds will be forwarded shortly.
Young People Required! Design and deliver a project to help your community
To coincide with the Paris climate talks in December, CLS Dorset is challenging young people to design and deliver a project that helps people in their community to live more sustainably or reduce their carbon emissions.
CLS will support teams and provide £250 funding for the best 10 ideas. PLUS, there is the opportunity to win an outdoor adventure for your team.
Look out for details in the September newsletter.  If you'd like to pre-register to receive Challenge information, contact Emily
Community Woodland Update

© Common Ground/ National Assoc for AONBs
It's been a productive winter for our community woodlands.  The ten groups CLS in Dorset have been supporting have done a huge amount of work, felling trees, managing scrub, processing fire wood and much more.  If you add it all up, it comes to a whopping 175 days of volunteer input to help manage these important features within the West Dorset landscape. 

Over the coming year, we will continue to support the groups and hopefully run a few events with communities to raise the profile of their work.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the community groups, please contact Ian Rees on or 01305 228235.

Cookery talents on show
CLS teamed up with the Bridport Food Festival and street food businesses Stewed and Baked and Pizza Dragon to create a cooking challenge with a twist. Children at Bridport Primary Schools were challenged to devise a recipe for a family meal that was healthy, sustainable and could be cooked in one pot.
The challenge showed off the enthusiasm and cookery skills of children in Bridport. 
The Winner was ‘My Dorset Tagine’ by Blake Ford, Symondsbury Primary.  
We hope they all keep cooking!  
Transition Streets coming to a street near you!
Will you join in?
We've heard great things from the two Dorchester groups who have just completed the Transtition Together / Streets programme. They loved the support of the group, have made new friends, made money saving changes to their homes and greened their lifestyles. We're working on your own Dorchester Transition Streets video, but in the mean time this video will give you the gist of how it works.
It's free to take part, you'll get a manual customised to Dorset and we'll help you connect with others and get your group going.
Sounds great tell me more.
Dorset One World Festival
Saturday 1st August 2015 11am-6pm
Fantastic FREE event in Borough Gardens, Dorchester
Bridport Community Orchard
Open Afternoon
Thursday 13th August, 2- 5 pm.
Teas, with home-made cakes and other goodies. 
Plants for sale, and other stalls.
The Local Sustainability Fund has been launched.   
-Funding about £70,000 to 260 groups. 
-To apply local groups need to complete the online diagnostic, via
-Interested groups are expected to register on the site and go through the diagnostic in July, ready to apply August/September.
-Those selected will work with an ‘advisor’. 

If anyone is thinking of applying, please let us know so we can work out how best to help or signpost you to services offered by Dorset Community Action that may be of use.
July Top Tips

1. Treasure every drop – catch that water!  
If you have a water butt, make sure its connected up to catch the water for your garden.  Use water from washing up and washing vegetables on your garden. 
Watch this short video for tips.

2. Make compost at home 
Are you enjoying fresh produce from your garden?  Do make compost at home, then you’ll have a free nutritious fertiliser for those salad leaves! More

3. Walk or cycle while the weather is warm 
If you are enjoying the long light and warm evenings, what better time to get on your bike.  Did you know that people who regularly cycle have the fitness of someone 10 years younger and take fewer days off sick? More

Send your top tips to
Become a ‘Make One Change’ Ambassador
•    Shop naked – reduce the amount of food you buy that’s smothered in unnecessary packaging 
•    Go flexitarian – eat less meat and dairy but buy better quality
Make One Change today and sign up to win a month’s free Spend a Tenner Locally vouchers. We’ll help you negotiate barriers and learn about your experience so we can help make eating sustainably in Bridport easier.
contact Linda Hull on 
Sara said "I will put the right amount of water in the kettle"

Did you pose for a "I will" photo at the Bridport Food Festival last year?  And Did you? - Sara did - now she's boiling just the right amount of water. Read more....

Are you doing something that's greener because of coming to one of our events, if so we'd love to hear about it and share it to inspire others.   It would be great if you'd send a little story and a photo to

Regular dates for your diary

Also view the Sustainable Dorset calendar of events

Prime Coppice 
Working Woodlanders Volunteer Groups. Check website for dates and times.

Transition Town Bridport Green Drinks
Third Thursday of month, 8pm
The Tiger, Barrack Street, Bridport

Transition Town Dorchester Green Drinks
First Thursday of month at 8pm,
Goldies, High East Street, Dorchester

Workdays at Railway Orchard
Usually on the first Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Workdays at the Dorchester Community Farm 
Usually every second Saturday as well as the third and fourth Sunday in the month, 10am-3pm
Dorset Community Action Training Events
The upcoming Training Calendar is online. Register now for training courses that are happening in your area. 
Building With Straw Bales Course – Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wednesday 12th – Sunday 16th August 2015
£485.00 (concessions available)
Please email
to check availability and book your place
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