Turn Lyme Green promotes sustainable living in Lyme Regis.  Set up in 2007, we engage the community in environmental issues.  We meet regularly, plan campaigns and events, and have fun. Collaboration with other environmental groups in west Dorset and beyond is an important part of keeping everyone informed and up to date.  TLG acts local, thinks global.

Next Meetings:

TURN LYME GREEN   February Meeting:   Tuesday, 13th February.   Royal Lion Hotel.   7.15 for 7.30pm


Jo Smith Oliver will lead a discussion on the magic of trees.  She will focus on what we can learn from trees and our own individual experiences of them… through art, writing, self-expression, meditation, poetry and song.  She would welcome anyone who would like to make a contribution, bringing particular images or stories  to share of favourite trees, forests, places to visit etc.


And, as always, we will keep up the campaign to clear  up plastic from our beaches and will update you on the latest in neighbouring transition towns.

The Great Nurdle Hunt – Charmouth beach, meet at the Heritage Coast Centre

Saturday, February 17, 2018    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used to make most of our plastic products. Unfortunately, spillages and mishandling by industry mean that nurdles escape and get washed into the sea. It is estimated that 53 billion nurdles escape into the UK environment each year!

Due to their tiny size, nurdles are mistaken as prey and eaten by marine wildlife and they move up the food chain. Unfortunately nurdles also act as sponges in the sea, attracting pollutants. This means nurdles become packed with toxins, and become even more harmful to wildlife. One further problem is that nurdles do not break down over time. They simply break into smaller and smaller pieces. This means nurdles are becoming more and more widespread in our oceans.

What can you do to help? Pick up nurdles! The more we collect, the fewer end up in the sea. Always make sure you wear gloves when handling nurdles as they contain toxins.  Nurdles have been spotted on Lyme’s Church Beach.  Head that way and take a bag and some gloves to help get rid of them.

We will publicise the date of the Great Dorset Beach Clean here in Lyme Regis in April.


Helping Lyme Regis become Plastic Bag Free – a short film

With the welcome renewal of publicity to deal with plastic pollution,  we thought you would like to be reminded that, 10 years ago, Biggerhouse Film and Video Production worked with the children at St Michael’s Primary School to make this award winning animated film.  How true it is today – 10 years later.    There is a link on our web site too.



Bottle Deposit Scheme

You may also be interested in the campaign of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).  If you haven’t signed their petition to bring back bottle deposits, then follow the link below in their message.  The scheme works in Germany.  Why not here?  As they say, “plastic pollution is the ‘new sewage’.

Dear Friends,

Whilst we welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge to deliver plastic free coastlines, 25 years is not a fast enough time frame to tackle the immediate plastic pollution crisis or stop the torrent of plastics choking our oceans. At current rates, over the next 25 years we estimate a further 300 million tonnes of plastic pollution will enter the oceans.

The government must now act swiftly to introduce even more ambitious legislation to drive manufacturers away from their love affair with single-use plastics, starting with a UK-wide deposit return system.

A UK-wide deposit refund system is within reach and a proven way to reduce society’s plastic footprint that is trampling our beaches. 

For a full update please see: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-urges-faster-action-plastic-pollution/

Thanks for your support,

Team SAS


Surfers Against Sewage


Sustainable Dorset – New Year’s Resolutions  ????

Here’s a message from Sustainable Dorset.   The web site is always full of interesting information.

“ What will be your New Year’s resolutions? To reduce your plastic use, walk or cycle more, eat less meat, grow your own veg? If you are looking forward to starting the New Year more sustainably and want to know more, then take a look at our top tips. And search our directory for some amazingly cool local projects you can get involved with. Have a Happy & Sustainable New Year! http://www.sustainabledorset.org/live-sustainably/ “


The New Year

Plans for the new year include more of a campaign against plastic,  closer liaisons with Transition Town Bridport and more important connections with each other.  Look out for the 2018 tree pruning workshops led by Phil Gamble and do come and join us at our monthly meetings to find new ways forward for a cleaner and greener future. We are keen for new ideas, new projects, new beginnings…


Transition Town, Bridport



Sustainable Dorset Newsletter

You can read Sustainable Dorset’s newsletter by clicking this link.


Baptist Church achieves Silver Eco Church award

Many of you will remember the inspiring talk Izzy Woodman gave last year and will want to congratulate her and the congregation for their Silver award.


The Lyme Regis Gateway Card

The Gateway Card is a local discount scheme available to Lyme Regis residents. It provides residents with discounts, concessions and special offers from local businesses. The scheme helps to support the local economy, and provides benefits to local residents who support the town all-year-round.

Details at: http://www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/our-town/gateway-card


Fill ‘er up! (your water bottle, that is)
A nice cold drink of water is wonderful on a day out, so it’s easy to see why sales of bottled water are booming. However, there’s a growing trend in Dorset to use one of the 60+ Refill Stations around the county and get fresh, cold water for free! All you need is your favourite re-usable water bottle and the Refill Britain App (download it here for free: iPhone users here; Android users here) to find your nearest station. You can even earn points as you go, which earn lovely rewards from the Refill Britain team.


Participants in Lyme Regis are:

Alexandra Hotel, Galley Café, Good Food Store, Penny Black, Cornish Bakery, Bell Cliff Restaurant, Aroma Café, Tierra Kitchen.


Global Ecological Footprint

2nd August 2017 was Earth Overshoot Day, when we have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

You can calculate your own personal ecological footprint here:





Charlotte Wild, from Litter Free Coast & Sea, gave a presentation on the various campaigns led by this group, including beach cleans in Dorset and Re-Fill Dorset, the re-filling water bottle scheme which a number of Lyme Regis businesses have signed up to. Check the website to learn more about how we all can help.



Update on the Hawkchurch Gas Plant

Tracey West writes:
“The planning application from STOR to build a 10 chimney gas fired power station in lovely little Hawkchurch, has been WITHDRAWN!
…not even rejected by the planning department, simply withdrawn!
This is a marvellous victory for ordinary green-thinking individuals like ourselves and little eco-groups of the world like Frack Free Lyme Regis, Turn Lyme Green, Sustainable Chard and Earth Hour Chard to name but a few who lent their elbow to the public awareness campaign.
This is a serious victory for the people and it comes at a time when local democracy is still in a flat spin, following the government decision to overrule the Lancashire local council decisions and now saying that fracking can go ahead!”
Further information from Tracey West is on the News page.

Join Anti-Fracking Lyme Regis

Anti fracking demo Jan 2016 a

Over 100 people joined Frack Free Lyme Regis on 31 January to show the strength of feeling against fracking and to support the demonstrations being held nationwide on that day.  After processing along the sea front, everyone gathered at The Pilot Boat to listen to a number of speakers and collect lots of information.  You can read more about Frack Free Lyme Regis and general information by visiting the Facebook page.  To learn about future plans and meetings,  please contact Tracey and Simon West on 07817 156391.   All offers of help and support are very welcome.

Eco Open Homes in Lyme Regis and Uplyme

This popular event took place on 11th September.  Two local homes were open.  This was part of Open Eco Homes weekend, including Bridport and surrounding areas, featuring a variety  homes were open – some off grid, some new builds, one straw bale extension, a few retrofits, and a lot of enthusiasm among the hosts. Low carbon lifestyles are as important as the buildings.

This event was a collaboration between Turn Lyme Green, Transition Town Bridport, Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset, and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.

Coastal Path

Terry Sweeney writes…..     “Whilst our slipping cliffs are great for producing fossils, they haven’t been good news for our coast path in west Dorset. Several sections between Lyme Regis and Seaton in particular have collapsed and been diverted way inland for years.

But Natural England have just used recent legislation to plan new paths around these breaks, and are asking us for our views. The proposals run to many pages and maps, and can be read online or in libraries and Town Halls. So anyone who loves walking our coast, or has a business which attracts visitors who like to walk, should write to them welcoming these new paths.

Even if you can’t read the detail, do write to Natural England and let them know you look forward to having a Coast Path back, and this time forever. Write now! End of August deadline!”

The address is …Natural England , Coastal Access Delivery Team, Temple Quay House, 2, The Square, Bristol BS1 6DG.

Restoring Gardens at Belmont House

Groundwork South is continuing its work to bring the secret garden at Belmont house, Lyme Regis back to life and to its former glory, work which will continue until next March 2016.   They are looking for more volunteers to work with their trained horticulturalist, Helen Staveley, who has joined the team.

They write….“We also want you to help us plan and develop the space into a green haven. We are looking to set up a ‘friends of’ group, who can take ownership of managing the site and putting it to use as a community asset. If you are interested in being involved, please contact helen.staveley@groundwork.org.uk / 07943210092

Community Energy Projects

community-energy-projects‘A sub-group has been formed to research a community energy project for Lyme Regis. A very informative visit was made to Wedmore in Somerset and a report will follow. (…Read More)

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Plastic Bag Campaign Continues


The Turn Lyme Green Group Campaigning against the use of plastic bags outside the supportive local Co-op store. Photo Credit: Peter Wiles

A team of TLG supporters has put new energy into the campaign. They have met with the Lyme Traders Organisation and visited all shops in the town to find out what kinds of bags they are giving to customers.

Visit our plastic bag page for more information.

To see our award-winning animation film, shown recently at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, click here.