Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK

Saving Marlborough’s bees

Sunflower Bees

Transition Marlborough has joined an ambitious national project to save bees.

The group created Bee Roadzz in 2018 with partners including the farmers of Marlborough Downs Space for Nature. And now Bee Roadzz is joining B-Lines, a project by national charity Buglife.

B-lines is a network of joined habitats so pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies, can move freely around the British countryside.

Marlborough is in a crucial position at a crossroads in the Swindon to Salisbury and Hungerford to Chippenham B-lines insect network.

“Marlborough and our neighbouring villages, towns, farmers and landowners can make a big contribution to the free movement and survival of essential insects such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies,” said Milly Carmichael, chair of Transition Marlborough.

It has been predicted that as much as 70 percent of insect species could go extinct if they are stuck within ever decreasing fragments of countryside.

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Introduction to Permaculture Course 2021

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This year Transition Marlborough hosts its 10th Introduction to Permaculture course. The course will be based on the permaculture ethos of sustainable living through people care, earth care and future care. All sessions will be led by an experienced permaculturist and include opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions and share experiences. 

The course will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April and September, starting at 10am and lasting approximately 2 hours. The following topics will be covered:

17 April                 Soil as a Living System (zoom)

15 May                 Permaculture Ethics and Values (zoom)

19 June                Biodiversity and Pest Management (zoom)

17 July                  Design Principles and the Permaculture Garden (Marlborough)

21 August            Sustainable Living (Pewsey)

18 September   Transformation of Waste and the Art of Composting (Marlborough)

The first 3 sessions will be by zoom. Along with many others we used this for the first time last year in response to the Covid situation, and after some initial glitches had been ironed out it worked well. We teach in small groups which helps with communications. We hope to hold the last 3 sessions in person but these plans are based on current expectations regarding the easing of Lockdown, and so may change and will depend upon government guidance at the time. Any recommended safety precautions will be observed.

We are offering the course on a sessional basis on a sliding scale of £10-£15 per session with students asked to pay what they can reasonably afford within that scale. If you have any questions or would be interested in joining please contact For more information about permaculture take a look at the Permaculture Association website

Next Transition Marlborough Hub Meeting

Thursday June 11th at 7.30pm

All welcome to our next hub meeting on Thursday June 11th at 7.30pm

We usually hold our monthly meetings in the friendly setting of the Green Dragon pub on Marlborough High Street but the current situation with Covid-19 takes us online for now.

If you’d like to join us and find out more about Transition Marlborough, please send a message to and we will send you an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Permaculture workshops

Our next workshop is LOW COST ENERGY LIVING, on a narrowboat on Kennet & Avon Canal near Pewsey. Email for further specifics of location and to let us know you are coming. Start time is 09:30, on Saturday 15th June 2019. £15 per session

On Saturday 22 June is THE BEE ROADZZ – LANDSCAPES FOR LIFE, on the Marlborough Downs. Start time 09:30am. £15 per session. Again. email for further details and to let us know you are coming.

On Saturday 20 July is BIODIVERSITY – LET NATURE DO THE WORK in a garden in Marlborough. Start time is 09:30am. £15 per session. Email for further details and to let us know you are coming.

Minutes of the Transition Marlborough Hub Meeting on Thursday 11th April 2019

The Minutes of the last meeting will be posted shortly and the agenda for this meeting will be posted in due course – The Minutes will be here shortly