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Location Totnes, Devon, South West England

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Totnes ( or ) is a market town and civil parish at the head of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon, England, within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Paignton, about 7 miles (11 km) west-southwest of Torquay and about 20 miles (32 km) east-northeast of Plymouth. It is the administrative centre of the South Hams District Council.

Totnes has a long recorded history, dating back to 907, when its first castle was built. By the twelfth century it was already an important market town, and its former wealth and importance may be seen from the number of merchants' houses built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Today, the town has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle. Two electoral wards mention Totnes (Bridgetown and Town). Their combined populations at the 2011 UK Census was 8,076.

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

'Fairytale of New York' Flashmob (Glorious Chorus at Totnes Christmas Festival Dec 2010)
Authors: GloriousChorusVideos, Dec 22, 2010

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Totnes Pounds

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Totnes Renewable Energy Society

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Community Electric Bikes available! Transition Town Totnes

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Bioregional Learning Centre, located in Totnes

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

The Zero Waste Shop

Food activism[edit | edit source]

  • How to set up a squash growing co-op, Shareable, Feb 25, 2019

Food in Community, rescues and sorts surplus fresh fruit and vegetables, and delivers boxes to charities and community groups in and around Totnes

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

  • Caring Town, local network of public, voluntary and private organizations and groups working together for health and welfare in Totnes & District
  • Network of Wellbeing, organisation based in Totnes

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Share Shed, a ‘library of things’ based in Totnes

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Totnes railway station is situated on the Exeter to Plymouth line, and has trains direct to London Paddington, Penzance and Plymouth, and as far north as Aberdeen. Nearby, Totnes (Littlehempston) railway station is at the southern end of the South Devon Railway Trust which runs tourist steam locomotives along the line that follows the River Dart up to Buckfastleigh. Since the River Dart is navigable to seagoing boats as far as Totnes, the estuary was used for the import and export of goods from the town until 1995, and there are still regular pleasure boat trips down the estuary to Dartmouth. Bus services connect the town to Dartmouth, Plymouth, Torbay and Newton Abbot. W

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

REconomy centre Totnes, a workplace for a strong local economy. Home of the Totnes REconomy Project, and a Local Entrepreneur Forum, added 15:19, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

Atmos Totnes, first project to be led by Totnes Community Development Society, an Industrial and Provident Society committed to pioneering community-led development in a way rooted in local economies.

Local Economic Blueprint highlights potential of community resilience, March 28 2013

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]


March 21 A Land Conference, Totnes

Funding community action[edit | edit source]

Totnes Wellbeing Fund,

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News and comment[edit | edit source]


World’s first mobile library of things is on its way, Jan 30 [1]


Totnes pound: Currency killed by 'cashless economy', Mar 6 [2]


ShareFest brings people together to share, repair, swap and make, Dec 7 [3]

Community potlucks: Shared meals help build deep ties among residents in Totnes, Dec 5 [4]


How the Share Shed in the UK is Building Community, Jul 5 [5]

Earth.Food.Love Puts UK On Map Of Zero-Waste Grocery Stores, May 30 [6]

“I’m welling up just talking about it”: the marvel of Totnes LEF6, May 16 [7]

Caring Town: Fiona Ward, May 3 [8]

How ‘Grown in Totnes’ are reimagining the local food economy, May 2 [9]


Atmos Totnes creates national precedent, September 26 [10]

Calling all local food growers and processors to join a new outlet in for local producers in Totnes, July 2 [11]

Totnes to Trial New Electronic Currency, May 21 [12]

Frances Northrop on 'Healthy Town Totnes', May 12


Simple steps towards local prosperity, March 28 [13]

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Type Location
Keywords market towns, library of things
Authors Phil Green
Published 2017
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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