Over the years, I’ve been active in, or have helped initiate many projects in my local community that I have felt were consistent with my visions. Currently, there are two:
Fair Green Neighbourhood Association – I’m currently the chair of this group. Fair Green is a registered village green, and the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association (FGNA) manages it. We are responsible for the upkeep of the field, trees, roads, play area which we took over from the local town council a few years ago. To pay for this we run a range of community events that are great fun and build community.
Diss Community Farm – This is the latest local food project I’ve been part of. It aims ‘to produce food in an ethical and sustainable way’. We are currently growing food for a small group on a field about 3 miles from Diss.
Earlier projects I’ve been part of included the Waveney Valley Food Group, Slow Food Waveney Valley, Cittaslow Diss, Taste of Diss (local food festival), Food and Craft Fair.
Slightly broader, I’ve been part of the organising team of Dance Camp East, originally started in 1992 by my wife with my help, and various other camps, which I’ve seen as nursery schools for a new culture, as they are based around practical community living.
And of course, I’ve been very active in the Transition Town movement, both locally in my town of Diss, in the East Anglian region and of course, nationally and globally as part of the Board of Trustees of the Transition Network.