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.


Sunday 11 September, Open Eco-Homes Tours

Little Place

Tours start at 12noon, 2pm and 3pm.  No appointment necessary.

Solways Orchard

Tours start at 10.30am, 12 noon and 3pm.  No appointment necessary.

Full details from the Open Eco Homes web site.  There are 15 homes open this year between 10 – 18 September.  Full detail from the website:



Tuesday, September 13th  7.15 for 7.30pm  Baptist Church Hall, Broad Street – please note the change of venue

Smart Living: “How smart choices come back to hug you and are good for people, planet and profit.”

Mukti Mitchell, North Devon’s ‘Low Carbon Living Guru’, has won awards for the creation of his carbon footprint calculator, eco-yacht design and unique secondary glazing system. Here he talks about “Smart Living” and explains how smart lifestyle choices that put your own true, long-term self interests first, automatically benefit the community and the planet. He goes on to look in detail at Smart Homes, and give tips on energy conservation for period homes.

Mukti is best known for sailing around Britain in a zero emission micro yacht to promote low carbon lifestyles. This trip, which reached a media audience of 10m, included a visit to Lyme Regis and an inspirational talk organised by TLG at the Marine Theatre.

“Mukti is a truly inspirational speaker offering a new paradigm in the low carbon lifestyle arena.” Barbara Quilliam, Manx Co-op, Isle of Man.

Since then he has set up the CosyHome Company, insulating period properties.  This talk is well timed for our own open eco house event in September.


Friday 7th October.  Film at Woodmead Halls,  7.15 for 7.30pm. Please note this is a change from our usual second Tuesday of the month meeting….

FILM and discussion.  FREE ENTRY.  Refreshments available.

The Power of Community unfolds the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity and ultimate triumph over sudden adversity, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and Cuba’s economy went into a flat spin.


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 their web site – www.knitfortheplant.com.  To learn about future plans and meetings,  please contact Tracey and Simon West on 07817 156391.  They also have a Facebook page. All offers of help and support are very welcome.

Eco Open Homes in Lyme Regis and Uplyme

This popular event is taking place over the weekend of the 17th/18th September.  If you are interested in taking part with your home or in helping, please contact Ray Dyer – ray@generategreen.co.uk

The open eco homes weekend in September 2015 was a great success with 145 visits to homes in Lyme Regis.  The 6 homeowners who opened their doors are to be commended for sharing their experiences in promoting energy efficiency.

This was part of Open Eco Homes weekend, including Bridport and surrounding areas, when twenty 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.