We invite you to join us and help make Cobham a healthier, happier village to live in.
Transition Cobham is bringing change to our community and it's easy to get involved. You don't need any specific skills, just plenty of enthusiasm. Help us to build a more sustainable future and have fun along the way!
We're a grassroots organisation working on creating a greener and more sustainable Cobham.
We aim to build resilience, encourage sustainability and connect the community. The key areas we're addressing are Food, Transport, Waste and Energy.
News and Events
Thank you to those who joined us for the Annual Heritage Walk and in pulling Himalayan Balsam along the River Mole. There is remarkedly less of that now and next year we will look to study the way native flowers have returned.
Cobham Community Garden was last year commended in an award by Britain in Bloom as being a “Thriving …… and wonderful place to come along and learn how to grow a variety of different crops." That was achieved very much due to the devotion of two stalwarts, Gill and Mark Money. The garden faces a challenge with their moving out of the area to the New Forest. But the garden is looking good and continues with the benefit of their knowledge. The garden is generally open for you to drop in from 10-12 on Thursdays and Saturdays (Groups can visit by arrangement at other times) but not during the winter months, now until the beginning of March. Thank you, Elmbridge Borough Council and other organisations for the continuing support.
Apart from activities, the raising of awareness on environmental issues can be controversial and sometimes divisive. That is not our intention. However hard any of us tries, our lifestyle will be adding to pollution in some way. The aim is to minimise that and get in place some measures that counter current trends.
Litter Picking Event
Sunday 1st December 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join the party at 2 pm, meeting by the Cricketers pub sign at the corner of Downside Common and Downside Road. Please bring gloves. High-viz jackets and litter pickers will be provided.
Sainsburys have said that they will reduce their plastic footprint by 50% by 2025. They do of course start from a high point and we have to ensure that this and those of other organisations are not part of a “greenwash”, more PR than reality.
Ecological tip of the week - buy toilet rolls wrapped in paper rather than film.
UPDATE ON SUPERMARKETS
Greenpeace has published a report in partnership with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) about the packaging at supermarkets and despite campaigns the amount of single-use plastic used actually still increased by 1% in 2018. Overall, Waitrose, Morrisons and Sansbury’s scored the best, mainly due to their commitments to trail refill schemes and reduce packaging. The three supermarkets with the lowest scores were Lidl, Asda and Aldi.
One aspect revisited was the use of plastic bags. Transition Cobham were pleased to have been at the forefront of establishing a charge for them but it is now recognised it is inadequate. A majority surveyed would agree a substantial increase and perhaps that to 50p might be appropriate.