Saturday, 31 August 2019

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Electricity suppliers

Given all the news recently about a Climate Emergency - that our planet is warming up more rapidly than thought, due to all the activities of humans, there is an urgent need to cut the greenhouse gases (carbon) we emit. Within the next 30 years - preferably sooner, we need to cut our 'carbon footprint' (the amount of carbon we all emit) by 80%.
That represents a massive change in the way we live and think. What's more, we need to start as soon as possible. So, where to start? What are the easy wins?

In this blog we look at the easiest option by far - changing your electricity supply to 100% renewable. All you need to do is select one of the suppliers below, who are the 14 UK suppliers who currently offer an entirely renewable tariff.

Cutting carbon
On Scilly the average house uses about 6700 kWh (units) of electricity per year (Reference). To translate this to carbon emitted, this depends on the amount of renewable electricity in your tariff:
100% renewable  0.63 tonnes CO2/year
21% renewable    2.49 tonnes CO2/year
12% renewable    2.70 tonnes CO2/year
(Ref: Farm Carbon Calculator)

The average UK carbon footprint per person is 9.1 tonnes CO2/person/year (Reference), so a standard electricity supply (based on an average of 2.1 people per house) will mean a roughly 10% reduction in carbon emissions - immediately.

How much will it cost?
The simple answer is - not much; in fact you may be saving money! 

The table below shows the costs (pence per kWh and annual standing charges) for different renewable tariffs. This can also be compared to the EDF and SSE standard (low renewable %) tariffs.

Switching energy suppliers should be a straightforward process.

It's worth noting that, whilst all the above companies supply 100% renewable electricity, there is a difference in ethics between them. This is explored well in this Ethical Consumer article

It really centres around how much the company is investing in its own renewables, and what the companies' core ethics are. 

However, in carbon terms, renewable is renewable!

In summary, changing to a renewable electricity supply is the quickest way to cutting 10% off your carbon emissions, often with very little - if any extra cost. So what are you waiting for?!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Apple day 2018

On Sunday 9th September we once again hold our annual Apple Day at
Trenoweth Community Orchard on St Mary's. Come and join us if you can to
see the orchard at one of the best times of the year - now with some
lovely new benches!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Getting involved in the Orchard

We are very keen for more people to get involved in the Community Orchard at Trenoweth. This is a description of what it is and how it works.

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please email Jonathan Smith or find Transition Scilly on Facebook and leave a message.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Projects for 2018

 Following input from the community at last week's meeting, Transition Scilly will concentrate on these projects in 2018:

Community Orchard

  • Improving the management of the Orchard

  • Increasing the number of people visiting

  • Improve amenities for the Orchard

  • Increase the reach of the orchard to include fruit trees in gardens that people need help pruning/planting/harvesting

  • Celebrate key points in the orchard year

  • Provide easily accessible advice on orchard management


  • Support measures to reduce plastic waste

  • Look at opportunities to turn waste in to resources, especially waste wood


  • Raise awareness of water issues on Scilly

  • Look at the feasibility of water fountains in public places


  • Encourage the creation of a car club for locals on St Mary's using electric vehicles run on low carbon electricity

Outreach and engagement

  • Increase the number of articles in local magazines/papers and on websites

  • Improve communication, including a redesigned and updated website

  • Engage with and provide representation to key documents, such as the Local Plan

  • Celebrate the achievements of all community groups and voluntary work

If you would like to get involved in some of these projects please get in touch on Facebook, send us an email or just look out for more news about upcoming projects and events.

Our thanks to those people that turned out last week and to the Scillonian Club for hosting us.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

An orchard year

Here are lots of great photos of 2017 in the community orchard at
Trenoweth on St Mary's. It's been a very productive year and the whole
site has looked great. Here's to a great 2018!

Planning for 2018

We have got to the time of the year when it's time to take stock, celebrate what we've done and look forward to the next year. We've organised a get together at the Scillonian Club on Tuesday 12th December at 8pm.

We hope to see new and familiar faces, discuss what we've done and welcome new ideas and enthusiasm! If you can't make the meeting but would like to get involved, have questions or suggestion please email

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Blossom Picnic at the Community Orchard

On Sunday 15th May we're holding a picnic at the Community Orchard at
Trenoweth to celebrate the apple blossom and the start of a new growing
season. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the orchard, sample some
of last year's apple juice and find out more about this wonderful orchard.

It runs between 12 and 2pm and is free of charge - just bring yourselves
and a picnic.

To get to the Orchard, go past the Wildlife Trust offices at Trenoweth,
towards Innisidgen. Go under the pines, then turn right on the track
that goes downhill. There's a field of vines on your left, then the next
one is the Orchard. Please try and walk or cycle up if possible.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Autumn news from Transition Scilly

Apologies for our lack of blogs recently. Summer is a busy time for
everyone on Scilly, where we have our heads down just concentrating on

Anyway, this is just a note to say that we're intending to hold a series
of work parties up at the Community Orchard at Trenoweth. There are also
some other ideas for events and activities in the pipeline this

The best place to check for updates is our Facebook page, where we post relevant
information and interesting links to other sites.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Orchard picnic

On May 11th we'll be holding our annual Orchard Picnic at Trenoweth
community orchard. All the details on the poster here.

Fingers crossed for a nice sunny day...