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Free Fruit Day returns this Saturday – 10 October

We have a great collection of free fruit to distribute in Reigate on Saturday 10 October, so come along!

Full details are in the poster – here. We’ll be on Reigate High Street, opposite the Market Stores, between 10.00 and 15.00 – or until the fruit runs out. There are apples, pears and quinces this year – with more coming on the day.

Here are some of our pickers with the results of their hard work…

Fruit picking team


Free Fruit Day

Free Fruit DayBring a bag to receive a random act of kindness of the fruity kind on Saturday 10 October. From 10am to 3pm (or until the fruit runs out), members of Growing Redhill and Transition Redhill will be on Reigate High Street. The stall will be near The Market Stores and Caffè Nero. They will re-distribute local fruit, with a take home message to “grow your own”.

The bounty for the stall will all be from local fruit and nut trees, with zero associated ‘air miles’. As well as boxes of fruit gathered before the event, local people are invited to bring unwanted fruit to the stall during the morning. The last event shared 400kg fruit – enough for 800 apple pies!

Contact us beforehand if you would like to get involved in apple picking or manning the stall – and take some fruit home too.

Debbie Fox
Growing Redhill
Tel: 07717 678968


Transition Redhill – June News

We have a superb film for you this month…

Black Ice poster

Black Ice – the story of the Arctic 30

When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming.

Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute.

A similar protest the previous year at the same oil platform had seen the Greenpeace activists walk away untouched. This time, the events that unfolded sent shockwaves across the world.

With the eyes of the world upon them, Russia charged the crew, from 18 different countries, with piracy and hooliganism. It was the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century.

Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mould as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the Arctic was never broken.

This highly acclaimed documentary film tells their story.

Further information is available on the film’s website.

Admission free. All welcome.

When: Tuesday, 16 June 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

Transition Redhill – April News

Film posterGrowthBusters – Film Screening

This month’s Transition Drinks event includes a screening of the acclaimed documentary film GrowthBusters.

Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem – addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth goes way beyond prescribing Band-Aids to slow the bleeding. This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable.

Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will be good for us. We’ll be happier and more prosperous!

There is more information about the film on our website.

Admission free. All welcome.

When: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

NVS logoVegetable Growing – Techniques, Ideas & Advice

The National Vegetable Society (Surrey District Association) are hosting a talk by Barry Newman (former chairman of the National Vegetable Society) entitled ‘Vegetable Growing – Techniques, Ideas and Advice’.

There will also be a seed swap, so please bring along any seeds you want to swap.

The event is free to members of the National Vegetable Society, and £3.00 to non-members.

A flyer can be downloaded here.

When: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill, RH1 1BP (Map)

Intertwined branchesWalk for Climate

“Britain started the Industrial Revolution, and now it must lead the world towards the Zero-Carbon Revolution…” So begins an email we received recently from Walk for Climate, inviting Transition Towns, businesses, schools and colleges, faith groups, walking groups and other community organisations to set out from all corners of Britain on a walk to demonstrate their commitment to a zero-carbon economy and culture. Events are expected to take place throughout the summer and planning is currently at a very early stage. To find out more, please visit the Walk for Climate website.

Ketts OakTrees of Special Interest

The Woodland Trust are calling on the government to set up a national register to give protection to Trees of Special Interest. Currently there are planning policies which guide Local Planning Authorities to protect aged and veteran trees during development. However, unless a tree is already protected by a Tree Preservation Order, any owner is able to manage a tree to suit their circumstances. In rural areas, nationally important trees are also vulnerable to damage and loss through agricultural and forestry activity. A national register would help owners recognise the value and importance of special trees on their land. Please visit this pagefor more information and to add your name to the call for a register.

Crowdfunding for the Fruit Factory

There are still a couple of days left to support Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Fruit Factory fundraising campaign, which is aiming to turn tonnes of otherwise wasted fruit into locally produced chutneys, jams and preserves. Visit their website for more information.

Dates for your Diary

  • Saturday 11 April – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. All welcome. See this page for details.
  • Wednesday 29 April – East Surrey WI Science Group open meeting on “Food Production under Humane Livestock Conditions”. Whte Hart Barn, High Street, Godstone RH9 8DT. Cost £2.50 on the door, including tea/coffee. Doors open at 7pm. (Further details  from Mary 01883 744389.)
  • Saturday 2 May – Sutton Community Farm Buddy Volunteering training session. 9.30am to 3.30pm at the farm. Please see this page for more information.

Transition Redhill – March Update

Time to ActClimate Change…It’s Time to Act!

The big event this month is the Time to Act climate march on Saturday 7 March. After the success of the People’s Climate March last September, this one needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Saturday’s march features a number of blocs. The Transition Bloc has a Facebook page for those who want to get in touch beforehand, and the main website for the event is here.

Now is the time to act. See you there!

Woodland Trust Tree Packs

If you or someone you know want to get involved in planting trees in their community, the Woodland Trust are giving away packs. For further information please see

Transition Drinks3 pints

Our monthly Transition Drinks. All welcome.

We will be in the main bar at the Garland. Come along for a chat and see what we have been doing and what we have planned. We are always keen to hear new ideas, and if you have a project you think we could help with, please come and tell us about it.

We’ll be there from 8, probably until about 9.30 or so, so drop in any time in between.

When: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

Dates for your Diary

  • Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 March – Ecobuild at the Excel Centre, London. Detailshere.
  • Saturday 14 March – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. All welcome. See this page for details.
  • Tuesday 17 March – Transition Drinks. See above for more information
  • Tuesday 14 April – ‘Vegetable Growing – Techniques, Ideas & Advice’. A talk hosted by the National Vegetable Society, followed by a seed swap. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday 21 March – Green Architecture Day – public event at the University of Brighton. Details here.
  • Tuesday 21 April – GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Our April Transition Drinks meeting will include a free screening of this acclaimed documentary film. See our event page for more details.

Free course placements at the Centre for Alternative Technology

Wind turbineThe Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is offering a funded placement for grass roots campaigners to join them on their next Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) course.

Join them at CAT on 6 – 8 February for an empowering and inspiring weekend looking at this ground-breaking research. ZCB offers a robust, evidence-based scenario that explores ways we can deliver a climate positive future, whilst also maintaining a modern lifestyle. The course also covers how ZCB can be successfully used as a powerful tool to inspire positive action, stimulate debate and build consensus in our communities and places of work. The course is ideal for Change Makers working in Local Green Groups, Transition Towns, FOE groups, CAT members, students and activists etc

To enter please send CAT no more than 300 words (posted to the CAT Facebook page or email about why you should get a funded place what you will do with the knowledge you get from the course.

Deadline is 5pm GMT 29 January 2015.

The winner will be judged by a panel of CAT staff and announced on 30 January on the CAT Facebook page.

(By entering you accept that CAT will post your name to the CAT Facebook page should you win.)

Travel to CAT is not included but vegetarian wholefood full board and onsite accommodation at CAT is included.

Transition Redhill – January Update

Happy New Year everyone! Apologies for the post-festive season lateness and brevity of this update, but there are still a few good things happening during the dark days of mid-winter…

You've Been Trumped film posterHave you been Trumped?

We will be showing the film You’ve Been Trumped at our usual Tuesday evening meeting at the Garland…

You’ve Been Trumped is a 2011 documentary by British filmmaker Anthony Baxter. The film documents the construction of a luxury golf course on a beach in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland by developer Donald Trump, and the subsequent struggles between the locals and Donald Trump and Scottish legal and governmental authorities. The film was briefly ranked as the highest rated British film of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

Read more about the film on Wikipedia.

When: Tuesday, 20 January 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

Admission free. All welcome.

Bikes Revived logoCycles recycled

Did you, or anyone you know, receive a new bike for Christmas? If that has left you with an old, and no longer wanted, bike then please consider donating it to Bikes Revived in Merstham. There it will be expertly restored or recycled with usable parts being used for other bikes. (They also offer a bike assembly and safety check service for new boxed bikes.)

In Brief

  • A reminder that the Woodland Trust have free tree packs to give away to schools, communities and youth groups for spring 2015. See here for more information.
  • The renewable energy social enterprise Energy4All has started a 38 degrees petition, calling on the Financial Conduct Authority to stop blocking the creation of new renewable energy co-ops.
  • Grow Wild has thousands of free seed kits for groups to share, so people can transform local spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wild flower havens. Sign up here.

Dates for your Diary

  • Saturday 10 January – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. All welcome. See this page for details.
  • Also on Saturday 10 January – Wassailing in Dorking. Back by popular demand.  Expect hot drinks, a bonfire for marshmallows  and a community get together at the start of the new year. Held at the Dorking Community Orchard from late afternoon to late evening. All are welcome. See here for more details.

Transition Redhill – December Update

Solar ArrayCommunity energy progress

Our Energy Services Company (ESCo) has been taking shape this year. It now has a name – Redhill & Reigate Energy Ltd – and the legal business of setting up the company is under way.

We even have the beginnings of a first project (although we need to keep that under wraps for the moment).

The next few months look set to be pretty exciting, and although we have a small and committed team taking the ESCo forward, we would be delighted to hear from anyone else who would like to get involved. Drop us an email if you would like to find out more (

Christmas beanie hatCome to our Xmas party

We are taking a seasonal break from our usual Transition drinks this month, and organising a Christmas curry. We will be joining our friends from a couple of other local green-minded groups on Monday 15 December at the Everest Spice restaurant in central Redhill. All welcome, but we do need to know in advance so that we can tell the restaurant how many people to expect.

Please email Bryn ( if you would like to join us.

AeroplaneGatwick Airport consultation

In November, the Airports Commission published for consultation its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

The consultation presents the commission’s analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year: 2 for expansion at Heathrow Airport and 1 proposal at Gatwick Airport.

An extra runway at Gatwick would have very significant impacts on the surrounding area, so we think that as many local people as possible should be given a chance to have their say.

The consultation is open until 3 February 2015. Click here to find out more and to respond.

Many organisations, such as AirportWatch and the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign(GACC), contend that not only that there is no business case for a new runway at Gatwick Airport, but that there is no need for increased runway capacity anywhere in the South East.

AirportWatch and GACC are planning to publish guidance on the best way to respond to the consultation.

In Brief

  • The Woodland Trust have free tree packs to give away to schools, communities and youth groups for spring 2015. See here for more information.
  • Our food group supplier, Sutton Community Farm, is currently recruiting a part-time Sales & Marketing Representative. See here for more information (please note that the closing date for applications is this week – 5 December).
  • Freedom Food (the RSPCA’s farm assurance scheme) have asked us to publicise their annual Compassionate Cook competition, which is running until Monday 12 January 2015. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants film their favourite simple dish using Freedom Food ingredients and upload the video to the Freedom Food website. See for more details.

Dates for your Diary

  • Saturday 6 December – CND Fundraising Concert. Scientists have warned that nuclear weapons pose the single biggest threat to the Earth’s environment, so Transition members might be interested in this fundraising concert by the local CND group. 8pm in St Joseph’s Church Hall, 122 Ladbroke Road, Redhill RH1 1LF (Map). Details here.
  • Saturday 6 December – Say No to Plastic Bags stand, High Street, Dorking 9:30am – 1:00pm. Our colleagues in Transition Dorking will be highlighting the hazards of single-use plastic bags. This short video – “It’s a plastic world” – explains the issues.
  • Saturday 13 December – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. All welcome. See this page for details.

Transition Redhill – November Update

Project Wild ThingAnother Walk on the Wild Side

October’s planned film screening had to be cancelled, so we have rearranged it for November.

We will be showing the film Project Wild Thing at our usual Tuesday evening meeting at The Garland…

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day.

He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally.

Read more about the film on our website.

When: Tuesday, 18 November 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

Admission free. All welcome.

Sutton Community Farm logoFarm Start – A Food Growing Business Incubator

Sutton Community Farm, one of our food group‘s suppliers, are launching a Food Growing Business Incubator, called Farm Start. This pilot project seeks to support new entrants into food production enterprise by helping them test out their food growing enterprise ideas at a minimal risk. This is a one year pilot, aiming to explore the challenges faced by new entrants into farming including a lack of access to finance, growing space and knowledge.

There will be an information evening at the farm on 6 November if you would like to find out more. Further details here.

Gatwick mapPotential ancient woodland loss at Gatwick – an update

A few months ago we published details of a Woodland Trust campaign page which made it easy to contribute to Gatwick Airport’s consultation to the proposal to build a second runway at the airport. Over 50% of responses to the consultation were submitted via the Woodland Trust page, but it was claimed that the airport were not treating the responses as individual submissions, as they were collected as part of an ‘organised campaign’. The Woodland Trust met with senior members of the second runway project team to discuss this development, and their report on the meeting is here.

Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign (GACC) will be holding a meeting about the second runway proposal later this month (see below).

Dates for your Diary

  • Saturday 8 November – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. It combines a jamming group and a songwriting group, and new members are more than welcome. Details from Sue Fenton on 07931 541369 or, or visit the Reigate and Redhill Songwriters & Jammers page on Facebook.
  • Saturday 22 November – GACC Protest Meeting Meeting to discuss Gatwick Airport’s new flight path proposals and to express opposition to a new runway. 2pm at the Apple Tree Centre, Crawley RH11 0AF (Directions and map) Visit for more info.
  • Saturday 6 December – CND Fundraising Concert. Scientists have warnedthat nuclear weapons pose the single biggest threat to the Earth’s environment, so Transition members might be interested in this fundraising concert by the local CND group. 8pm in St Joseph’s Church Hall, 122 Ladbroke Road, Redhill RH1 1LF (Map). Details here.


We have just received an email from someone who has recently moved into the local area (see below). If you would like to help rescue some grapes, please get in touch (leave a comment below, or email and we will put you in touch

Hi there,

I was searching the internet for “gleaning redhill” and came across your website.

We’ve just moved house and the house has a big(ish) grape vine at the back of the house. It’s currently got A LOT of bunches of grapes. I don’t have time to cut them down, I don’t want them to go to waste, but I think time is running out.

Ideally I was hoping to find someone who would be interested in rescuing them so they don’t just go on my compost heap.

That said, I’m not sure how useful they’d be. They don’t taste too bad.

Anyway, do you know anyone that might be interested?