Conversely, Transition Ambridge faded quite quickly, as many other Initiatives have done. What happened to Ambridge's Transitioners, and could and should the initiative be revived? We've written to the Transition Network suggesting that Rob Hopkins interviews an Archers scriptwriter to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Avid Archers listeners will know that Borsetshire Land has recently been taken over by Damara Capital, who feel that the estate is under performing. There is already an Anaerobic digester using slurry from the mega-dairy, and so a grid connection; Damara want to know...
Tom and Kirsty's wedding planning has been a bit of a disappointment too - they've been thinking so conventionally, and boy, does it sound expensive! Might Pip save the day and emerge from agricultural college as a dark-green, get married in an Oxfam wedding dress with a bouquet from wild flowers (I know some are very floppy but it can be done) and have her honeymoon in a yurt? She could then shake up her "happily ever after" parents with her determined nagging for them to convert to organic farming practices.
And what of Ambridge and the over-spill from Greater Birmingham? Might a proposal for a new Garden Suburb be in the offing? How might the community in Ambridge ensure that any new homes were low carbon, attractive places to live? Would an affordable passivhaus development be welcome? Could they tackle the issue of building a sustainable community with essential facilities and employment fully integrated into the model?
Any ideas on other ways to get the Archers, or any other popular soap, to discuss Transition?