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.


MARCH MEETING  Tuesday 14th.    7.15 for 7.30pm  Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis
Talk on natural burials
Jo Vassie from Higher Ground Meadow, a natural burial site, will be coming to talk about the natural burials which are arranged at this beautiful site.  She will be in conversation with Tracey West.  You can read up about the site here.

PRUNING WORKSHOP –  SUNDAY, 19 March.  10.30am

Phil Gamble will be leading another popular workshop to help you learn and practice your pruning skills.   It also means that the community apple trees planted by TLG will get some welcome TLC.  The workshop will start at 10.30am and run for two hours.   Join the group at the orchard site in Anning Road, which is on the south side of Anning Road just east of the junction with Woodmead Road by the first house.

APRIL MEETING  Tuesday  11th,   7.15 for 7.30pm  Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis
AGM followed by talk about The Old Moo Shed and raw milk
The AGM will be held.  All members and supporters are welcome.  A report from the Chair and finance report from the Treasurer will be given.  Officers will be elected and the subscription for the following year set.  We hope that as many members as possible will come.  More details to follow.

The AGM will be followed by a talk from Lynne from The Old Moo Shed,  giving us the story behind their enterprising local family business providing raw milk from their shop and delivered to the doorstep.


MAY MEETING   Tuesday 9th.  Baptist Church Hall, Lyme Regis.   7.15 for 7.30pm
Inspiring film – ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow)

We are very pleased to screen DEMAIN (Tomorrow)… the award winning film.  Entrance will be free; donations will be welcome to cover the cost of the evening.

‘Demain’ is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism.  ‘Demain’ has a positive message showing how communities are finding solutions to tackle ecological and economic crises.  See how “farmers, teachers, researchers and small-town participants have found their own methods for combating issues like global warming, food shortage and general economic meltdown”.  An inspiring film and we are lucky to have obtained a licence to show it here in Lyme Regis.

The meeting will be in the Blue Room, upstairs.  After stopping in the bar to gather up a drink, please go to the back of the hotel, past reception and up the back stairs to the room.


‘Peer Power’ support for community energy groups comes to Dorset
The Peer Power project aims to inspire groups in the county to develop new renewable energy projects that are owned by communities, benefit people in Dorset, and generate local clean energy. If you’d like to join this new Dorset community energy network and take part in the free events, then please come along to the Dorset Renewables Grand Tour, 
Saturday 4 March 10:15 – 16:00, book here.
The day will include a delicious local lunch and visits to:
·         a wind turbine where we will meet the local farmer and developer
·         a school with solar PV installed by Dorset Community Energy
·         a biomass district heating network with local wood chip supply (Hilfield Friary)
More details on the Meetings page.

NEXT MEETINGS                               

 Tuesday 14TH March – – Royal Lion Hotel – 7.15 for 7.30pm 

AGM and talk.  Jo Vassie will be speaking about the natural burial ground that has been created at Higher Ground Meadow, Corscombe.

Ideas for future meetings are being finalised.


Please let us know if you have any suggestions for topics or for speakers.   We aim to meet on the second Tuesday of each month – except August and December.




Transition Town Bridport is organising a green fortnight end March – early April.  We will keep you in touch with the programme. In the meantime, you might want to make a note of the dates in your diary – 24 March to 8 April 2017.



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.