Haslemere

United Kingdom

Haslemere is situated within Surrey on the borders of Hampshire and West Sussex.

Our historic market town dates back to the early 13th century and is known for its timbered and tile-hung houses and cottages as well as our cultural events such as the annual food fair.

Haslemere is one of the gems of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our population of just over 15,000 enjoy the joys and benefits of the surrounding woodlands and hills, many under the protection of the National Trust.

Haslemere is well suited to the Transition model with an active community, excellent local food sources, thriving local businesses, a supportive council, a lively cultural calendar and beautiful natural surroundings.

For more information on Haslemere please see www.haslemere.com.

Transition Haslemere was started in October 2008 through the inspiration of our Chair and Deputy Chair. A Steering Group was formed which include the Deputy Mayor and a number of other interested and enthusiastic residents. We held very well attended and successful Open Space meeting in March 2009 which really kicked off the Transition initiative.

Since then we have…

  • become an ever present at our monthly Farmers Market,
  • worked with the CPRE on local food mapping (Haslemere was chosen as one of their pilot towns),
  • held a fantastic Sustainable Harvest Picnic at a local farm,
  • engaged a local primary school in reducing their carbon emissions,
  • held the first of what will become an annual Green Fair.

We have just launched a series of monthly talks and films on climate change, the environment and how to live a greener life (more details here)and have started our first community garden on two acres of land donated by a local farm and we now have a monthly column in the local newspaper, the Haslemere Herald.

Our main focus for 2010 will be on:

  • expanding our community garden project to a second site in another local farm
  • working with our local schools with the aim of improving sustainability and the knowledge of climate change within them
  • working with schools, businesses and local councils to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency
  • working with Surrey County Council and Waverley Borough Council to influence and support their environmental policies
  • and of course to continue spreading the word and increasing the number of Transition Haslemere supporters.