Plastic Free Letchworth Launch Weekend

Transition Town Letchworth publicly launched the Plastic Free Letchworth project in the town centre on Earth Weekend (21st and 22nd April 2018). We were in the town centre letting shoppers know about the challenges the town has to meet to achieve the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Letchworth award. Local shops Bamboo Turtle and Fairhaven provided sample ‘plastic free’ goods for displaying at the event and the team shared ideas with shoppers on how to reduce their use of plastics. Shoppers were invited to pledge to reduce or remove a particular plastic from their daily lives and those making a pledge … more

Plastic Free Project Update

Our Plastic Free Letchworth Campaign is gaining momentum. We are now registered with Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community project and Letchworth Garden City is on their map. We are busy planning our public launch event in Leys Square which will be at the Farmers Market on the 21st April. To mark Earth Day on the 22nd April we will be holding our first litter pick. The children’s art competition at the Letchworth Festival is going to be themed on ‘Plastic Free Letchworth’. Click here to find out how your school or youth group can take part. We have asked local business if they … more


A record breaking 44 people attended TTL’s Tuesday talk this week. Plastic is hot news at the moment! After an introduction to the topic giving a global overview and a description of what happens to our recycling waste, the attendees gathered into groups to explore the issues of: Reduce, Re-use / Repurpose, Recycle and Influencing.   The ideas which came up were many and varied, some useful, others amusing! Well. you can’t be serious all the time! Here are some of them: REDUCE:  in the home, use glass for containers and wood for things such as chopping boards and stirring spoons;  instead of clingfilm use plates and … more

A Local Plan for Housing in North Hertfordshire until 2031: Examination in Public

The public examination of North Herts Local Plan will take place at Icknield Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1EF. The examination starts on: Monday 13th November 2017 at 9:30am (after that first day, the sessions will start at 9:00am) and under the current schedule the final day will be Thursday 1st March, 2018. Transition Town Letchworth’s aim is that the Local Plan should take account of long-term ‘carbon saving’ measures overall, in terms of the quality of housing, siting in terms of transport links especially walking and cycling, local jobs etc. We do not take a position on … more

Eco Waste and Recycling

In mid May TTL hosted a Talk by a team from a local recycling company, Eco Waste & Recycling Ltd ( The company is keen to promote sustainable best practices. As far a possible, it is part of a ‘circular economy’ of many kinds of materials.Their business is commercial skip hire, they do not receive municipal or household waste, but they do handle skipfulls of commercial, industrial, construction and demolition ‘waste’ materials and objects. They sort the waste by type of materials, including up to ten kinds of plastic. When a sufficient quantity of any kind has been gathered, it … more

Tomorrow – the Film

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future. I made a pilgrimage to Bristol to one of the three UK Premiere venues in the UK. This was in the Station, an Arts and Community Centre in the city centre; … more

Christmas Shopping In Letchworth and beyond…


TTL has had a few initiatives over the years encouraging people to shop locally and this year we were involved in a shop locally Christmas poster campaign. This campaign recognised that we need to give our custom to local shops if they are to survive. Letchworth’s Business Improvement District (BID) has funded a number of initiatives in the last year to try and get people into the town centre and visiting the shops. Did you try to shop locally at Christmas and was this successful?  What kinds of things could you buy and what were you less successful in finding? If you … more

Keeping Warm


With the frost on the ground and some very cold evenings its a good time to work on reducing the draughts in your home. This year Transition Town Letchworth is once again running its Community Thermal Imaging Service. Each month we hold a training session which covers operating our thermal imaging camera, using the camera to survey your house for heat losses and tips to help you reduce heat loss from your home. The training session lasts about an hour and the next one will take place on Wednesday 11th January at 8pm in the Upper Hall of Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way … more