Ranks of eco-group have swelled to hundreds

MORE than 300 residents have signed up to one of the town s most popular new societies - with a mission to save the planet.

MORE than 300 residents have signed up to one of the town's most popular new societies - with a mission to save the planet.

Despite Transition Town Exmouth only forming last summer, hundreds of eco-friendly residents have been trying do their bit.

Through twice monthly meetings residents can find out what they can do too help avert the problems of global warming and food shortages.

The group pride themselves on being more than merely a talking shop - and have launched a range of initiatives that they hope will make a real difference.

Plastic Bag Free Exmouth meet regularly to create custom made bags from recycled materials, while The Energy Group are finding ways to help everyone in Exmouth reduce energy consumption

Xcycle encourages residents to take to their bikes and there are opportunities to join them on one of their regular cycling events or get involved in setting up a bike share scheme or repair workshops.

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The Garden Share group unites would-be gardeners who wish to grow their own with residents who have unused areas in their garden - and the Community Garden group are looking for volunteer gardeners to help set up and maintain an edible garden that will act as inspiration and education to schools and individuals who want to grow produce.

The Farmer's Market group want to make Exmouth Farmer's Market the best in Devon by encouraging more stall holders and shoppers.

And to cap it off they are also working on a local produce directory, a car share scheme, connecting to local businesses and setting up a food group to reconnect local producers with local customers.

Spokesman Chris White said: "We have a communications and marketing team, a web design group, a creative group and a finance committee all of whom would welcome help and input.

"There are loads of ways to get involved and we are open to any positive suggestions as to how our groups can evolve.

"We are a positive, practical group who believe that each of us is able to do 'our bit' to stop climate change and protect our local environment.

"We welcome any new members to get involved in existing projects or start their own, no matter how little or much time you are able to offer."

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