Stretton Doughnut gets underway

A new group is now active in Church Stretton, Shropshire to develop a Doughnut plan for the area.

A small but enthusiastic group is now working away in our small Shropshire town of Church Stretton, and its surrounding villages and hamlets, charting a route to a Doughnut future for our community. We launched the ideas at a meeting of a long-established climate group in the town (Stretton Climate Care) in November, and have now gathered a committed steering group to take the work forward.

Our initial task has been to sit down with the Doughnut dimensions and try to work out how they can help us create a more sustainable town. There is already a good bedrock of active groups on a lot of the elements, including climate and biodiversity, and we are keen not to duplicate their work, but there is lots to do in trying to build a framework to bring it all together with the social dimensions within the Doughnut.

We are keen to learn from others in the DEAL network, especially communities of a similar size or profile, as some of the larger scale implementations of the Doughnut don't really transfer that well to a town of just 4,000 people. So do get in touch if you have experience that you could share of using Doughnut principles in your place!

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    Kay Renfrew

    Gloucestershire, UK

    Wanna be part of the solution. Make real change and inspire others.

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    Steve Rooney 4 months ago

    Apologies, Kate and John that it has taken me so long to spot these comments. Great to hear of Doughnut work in Gloucestershire. I would be interested in sharing ideas at some stage, although we are still at early days and finding it a challenge to get going, particularly on data side.

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    Kay Renfrew 11 months ago

    Hello, so good to find someone else in the UK trying to do this within a small community.  I'm new to all of this and have yet to find others here in Gloucestershire that want to take this forward with me, but well done on getting things going in Shropshire! I'll follow your progress with interest.

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    John Thorne 6 months ago

    Hello Kate, I've just found your comment and wondered whether you're available on Sunday the 7th to attend our inaugural workshop/assembly at Hellens Manor near Ledbury? We're calling ourselves 3 Counties Doughnut - as in the 3 Choirs. Email is 3countiesdoughnut@gmail.com. Best, John

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