More Tree Planting in 2020

Transition Town Dorchester has been offered a grant by The Tree Council via their ‘Branching Out’ programme to match a similar grant kindly offered by the Town Council.

With these two grants, plus 420 trees which the Woodland Trust will be giving us in November, we will have 1200+ young trees to plant around the town before the end of 2020. This, added to the 900+ trees already planted by Transition Town volunteers earlier this year, will bring the total number of trees planted in 2020 to over 2000!

We hope to get most of the trees planted during National Tree Week (Saturday 28th November to Sunday 6th December) by working alongside a number of community groups, schools and colleges. The following have already offered their help:

  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre
  • Dorchester Beavers
  • Damers First School
  • Kingston Maurward College
  • Weymouth College
  • Dorchester Rotary Club


There is still some planting time available in National Tree Week if other community groups or schools would like to get involved – as they say, many hands make light work! Contact:

The Tree Council has published guidance on the safety of community groups planting trees during the current Covid pandemic – see: The tree planting events organised by Transition Town Dorchester will be guided by this advice.


Thank you to everyone who helped plant trees with us this winter.  We got almost a 1000 trees into the ground and around 50 people came to help us. For more details click #every tree counts on the side menu. 

For latest dates of when we are planting trees, working at the farm or orchard then please see our newsletter  where you can also subscribe, should you wish  –  (use the form at the bottom) – or click on our #every tree counts and repair cafe menu options on the side bar of our website.

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It’s simple, by working together, we can create a more sustainable future.

Transition Town Dorchester is a grassroots community project set up to bring people together with the aim of increasing sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint, using resources wisely and protecting the environment, all in an attempt to tackle climate change in our small corner of the world.


We are doing a whole range of activities which we believe contribute to creating a productive and flourishing environment, where both people and wildlife can live together in harmony.

We have a Community Farm, on previously redundant land which now produces lush harvests of fruit and vegetables in our large polytunnel, outside raised beds and small orchard area.

We have two orchards, one adjacent to the farm and one near Dorchester South station, with nearly 200 fruit trees which have matured over the years to bear plenty of fruit.

We have planted a Forest Garden – a self-contained ecosystem, mimicking the structure of a natural woodland, containing plants which interact positively with each other and which are mostly edible, or bee friendly, or nitrogen fixing (or all three!).

We hold Green Drinks on the first Thursday of every month, where like-minded people gather for a chat about all things environmental, and an unofficial Green Coffee meeting every Friday at 12 @Finca – Dorchester.

We have recently helped with opening a Repair Cafe which holds monthly sessions in Dorchester.