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March 2024

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Events at Transition Town

TTF has the following classes & events in March!
Come along to try something new :)

The Green Shoots Project is offering new workshops in March and April.
Book early on EventBrite to avoid disappointment. 

The Green Shoots Project Growing After School is back until the end of the school year.

The project is looking for volunteers! 
Enjoy working with children and families outside? Looking to gain experience on community, educational, environmental, or specifically food growing projects?
Transition Town Forres’ Green Shoots project is looking for volunteers to help with our weekly Growing After School Club on a Wednesday afternoon, term time, 4 - 5.30pm down at the centre. Children and their families learn about growing their own food and composting, working together in their vegetable garden onsite, having fun and making new friends along the way. We have some indoor sessions in the colder months.
We're seeking extra pairs of hands to support our two workers. Some knowledge of horticulture would be a bonus but not essential - it's more important that you enjoy working with children, who are mostly primary age. Being PVG registered to work with vulnerable groups would be a bonus, though we can support you with this. Reasonable travel expenses are payable. Commitment does not have to be weekly and a bank of volunteers could also work. You’d be welcome to contribute to the development of sessions and the garden. And you’d get to take a share of the tasty harvest home.

There are also opportunities to get involved with our work within schools.
If you're interested and would like to discuss further, please contact Barney Thompson at


The repair café is back at TTF on the 24th of March.
For more details, use this link! 


Regular classes at Transition Town

TTF hosts several regular groups & classes
Check our website for more information
Calendar Events – Transition Town Forres (

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Origins and story


Transition Town Forres started in 2008 as an environmental charity and part of the now 3,000+ strong international “Transition” movement.

The first project was to form a garden group and establish a community garden. This is what the ground looked like in April 2009 -



and this is a little while later.



Up to 70 gardeners have their own individual plots of about 50m2 and a full acre of land has now been cultivated for 5 seasons. 




In addition to this successful project we now have 35 old “tattie boxes” that are given a new life as raised beds.




The tattie boxes are used primarily for food education and production for the “healthy living centre” which is our new teaching space, completed this spring.  Our venue was a relatively new shed but just a shell. We raised a lot of money and the shed was converted during 2013 to a functional venue for teaching and administration of TTF.

Early this spring (2014) we completed the educational kitchen with a mobile teaching unit. We can now set up 5 cooking stations in our main room, each station complete with individual induction hobs, knives, cutting boards, etc. We delivered 24 cooking classes in February and March and we are now evaluating what kind of courses the people of Forres would like us to provide.

In this space we also provide a decent reference library with both books and DVDs that members can borrow.


TTF work closely with many other local groups in Forres and Moray. School children gladly helped when apple trees needed planting this spring.





We sold almost a tonne of seed potatoes in March this year, with a lot of much appreciated help from TBI’s Agric. With the help of a young volunteer we had a morning on our local Tesco car park with many appreciating customers.





One of our slightly older volunteers is Bert Logi, who handles our tractor with skill and confidence. 




Last year we received an electric charging station from Zero Carbon World. It is installed and works really well. The local car-share club has two electric vehicles.

Transition Town Forres now has about 150 registered members. We keep our Centre open from 12-4 every week day and often over the weekend. The public is welcome to come in and ask questions about “transition”. Every Sunday we have put on a car boot sale which has brought yet more people to our site.

Transition Town Forres is now looking to the future, and asking what we can do to continue to increase the resilience of Forres and beyond.

We are contemplating monthly regular meetings, film nights and parties. Do get in touch if you have an idea you’d like to be part of spreading.


TBI members can find out more about Transition Town Forres at any time by visiting their website at


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Forthcoming Events…

Sunday 21 July
14:00 TBI Open garden Julie Gibson Munlochy
Saturday 27 July
10:00 North Kessock Community market
Sunday 28 July
14:00 TBI open garden Martin and Penny Culbokie
Saturday 10 August
NA      Black Isle Horticultural Society Summer Show 2024
NA      Cromarty Community Market
Saturday 17 August
NA      Culbokie Community Market
Monday 19 August
NA      Festival of Politics 2024 - to 23 August
Saturday 24 August
10:00 North Kessock Community market

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