Sustainable Swanage

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welcome to sustainable swanage

A group established in Swanage as part of the town’s ongoing efforts to become a more sustainable community and protect our precious environment

Our founding mission was to positively support the community of Swanage in reducing its waste, with an emphasis on plastic, but we have since expanded our work to include biodiversity and energy. We provide a link between different local organisations and groups and are working together to find solutions to issues that affect our local environment. We provide a central point of information for the community on these issues and provide a means of sharing good tips and connecting people. We are a positive group looking to the future and how we can all live more sustainably and become resilient to future stresses and challenges that we face in our community.



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                          Car clubs for Swanage ?

Update from the Active Travel Group. We are a group made up of members of the community with a shared interest to help make a positive impact to our local area. We are working on projects to help the people of Swanage reduce car use and increase active travel around the town. One of these ideas is a car club. A car club is a potential way that we could help reduce unnecessary car ownership and usage in Swanage.

We are looking at the feasibility of establishing a car club so that anyone with a valid licence can register to access electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis. Here are some examples of how it can work:


Car clubs allow you to access a vehicle when you need it for as long you need it, for an hour, a day or a month. Other than the hourly cost you usually pay a monthly or annual membership fee and a mileage cost. Since you only pay for a vehicle when you need it, car clubs can be a very effective way of reducing household motoring costs.


Another way for residents to share cars instead of owning one is via temporary insurance to allow you to drive vehicles owned by friends or family. There are now a variety of major insurers that will flexibly provide as little as one hour’s cover, by registering with a website or app such as:


The Active Travel Group have created a survey to establish interest in these ideas in Swanage. The easiest way to respond is online, just click on the link below: Your answers will only be used to assess feasibility, and will remain anonymous unless you choose to leave your contact details. 

Click here for link to our survey 

Planet Purbeck Festival Events

Planet Purbeck Festival week 20th September – 26th September. If you have not already heard about this event, it is a week-long festival of events celebrating our natural world run by a collection of different local groups and organisations. A great opportunity to meet people and find out more about local projects. For more information on the festival and other events happening that week, please visit their website:


Our events:

Visit us this week to collect your free packet of cornfield annual wildflowers! 

The Downs: Monday 20th September 12pm – 4pm

Stall event and guided walk -come to our drop in information stall and find out about this and other projects by the Sustainable Swanage group.

Prospect Green: Friday 24th September  11am – 3pm

Stall – come to our drop in information stall on the Prospect Green and find out about this and other projects by the Sustainable Swanage group.

This event runs alongside the Greengage Open Day who we are working with on some of our Greening projects.

Mowlem: Saturday 25th September 12pm – 4pm

We have an exhibition at the Mowlem as part of the Festival Hub – drop in and get updates on projects and discuss ideas for future ones.

Mowlem: Sunday 26th September 1pm – 4.30pm

We have a stall at the Mowlem for the Festival Hub day of activities and exhibits for children and young people.

Running all week – Butterfly picture trail in Swanage with prize draw – collect answer sheet from the Swanage information centre or a stall event

say hello

We have one part-time staff member, Sarah Spurling who facilitates and supports the different projects and campaigns, and is the central point of contact. There are a growing number of volunteers involved in the group at varying levels and to suit their interests. To find out more about getting involved or get help with a project idea you may have, visit the getting involved pages.

Get in touch with Sarah on
or call 01305 224731

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