It’s funny how the world works.
Five months ago we started meeting for an evening a week, in a quiet backwater of Surrey — a dozen people, sometimes fifteen, talking about how to reduce our fossil fuel usage and build a more vibrant community.
We knew the Transition approach was to ask “How might our response to peak oil and climate change look more like a party than a protest march? ”
And a chance visit from a fellow-transitioner in Godalming gave us the answer: “Start building sandcastles”, he said.
So we did.
We found a nice, simple project we could start on: something that would help us bring people together and grow a bit more local food.
Well, it seemed like a simple idea, but it still took us more than two months and a team of more than half a dozen people at different stages, to iron out the details and put the Farnham Garden Share in place. (The launch delayed, of course, by the heaviest snowfall for 30 years.) And then the phone started ringing.
First BBC Southern Counties Radio and then BBC television (twice!). Then BBC Radio Kent and now Gardener’s World has been in touch. We’ve even got a mention in today’s Guardian!
How they all found us, I don’t know. And if you’d told this is what would happen when we started out five months ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Who wants to help to build the next sandcastle?