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Totnes 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 22 miles (35 km) south southwest of the city of Exeter and is the administrative centre of the South Hams District Council. The town is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle. W

The first initiative to use the name "Transition Town" was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006.

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Community currencies activism[edit]

Totnes Pounds

Community energy[edit]

Totnes Renewable Energy Society

Cycling activism[edit]

Community Electric Bikes available! Transition Town Totnes

Education for sustainability[edit]

Bioregional Learning Centre, located in Totnes

Ethical consumerism[edit]

The Zero Waste Shop

Food activism[edit]

  • 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


Caring Town, local network of public, voluntary and private organisations and groups working together for health and welfare in Totnes & District


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

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

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. W

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

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, Transition Network

News and comment[edit]


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


ShareFest brings people together to share, repair, swap and make, Dec 7 [2]

Community potlucks: Shared meals help build deep ties among residents in Totnes, Dec 5 [3]


How the Share Shed in the UK is Building Community, Jul 5 [4]

Earth.Food.Love Puts UK On Map Of Zero-Waste Grocery Stores, May 30 [5]

“I’m welling up just talking about it”: the marvel of Totnes LEF6, May 16 [6]

Caring Town: Fiona Ward, May 3 [7]

How ‘Grown in Totnes’ are reimagining the local food economy, May 2 [8]


Atmos Totnes creates national precedent, September 26 [9]

Calling all local food growers and processors to join a new outlet in for local producers in Totnes, July 2 [10]

Totnes to Trial New Electronic Currency, May 21 [11]

Frances Northrop on 'Healthy Town Totnes', May 12 [12]


Simple steps towards local prosperity, March 28 [13]



March 21 A Land Conference, Totnes



Totnes Wellbeing Fund, networkofwellbeing.org


See also[edit]

Default.png    See also the Transition Towns category.
for subtopics, how-tos, project pages, designs, organization pages and more.

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Totnes

External links[edit]