Great Big Green Week is happening nationwide between the 18th and 26th September 2021. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.

West Devon Borough Council's Climate Change and Biodiversity Forum invite community groups and town and parish councils to join a national week celebrating action on climate change, with events and actions that suit the local context. Tamar Energy Community (TEC) and Transition Tavistock have come up with some initial ideas and will help co-ordinate publicity with support from Tavistock Library. 

The main focus of the week locally will be around ‘’Moths to a Flame’’ https://www.mothstoaflame.art/ - a creative community activity that joins local messages about tackling climate change into an art display at COP26 in Glasgow this November.


Art & Energy, supported by Tamar Energy Community and others can work with interested parish councils, schools and groups to develop their Moths in the lead up to Great Big Green Week, and invite venues to host mini-installations for communities to hang their moths during the week. This could be shops, halls, gardens: anywhere that can contribute to visibility. If you would like to be involved in this or have any suggestions contact  ClimateChange@swdevon.gov.uk

You can get involved at Tavistock Library with the following opportunities:

  • Foyer display: Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th September

Displays in the foyer from organisations who will inspire you to get involved and take action. The display runs until 26th September and can still accept information from other groups and organisations who would like to promote their activities for Great Big Green Week. 


  • All Things Green: Saturday 18th September  – between 10am and 3pm

Information, activities and opportunities to make a difference at the Great Big Green Week fayre, with local groups including Transition Tavistock; Tamar Energy Community; Devon Wildlife Trust and many others. Scrapstore will be running a drop-in craft activity for children and adults. Borrow from the specially created book display for adults and children to learn more.

  • Moths to a Flame

Or come along to the library to make your moth. You can take part in this craft activity, go to https://www.mothstoaflame.art/join-in/make-moths for more information. The library will be creating an installation with moths suspended in our lobby.

  • Join Learn Devon to explore growing micro-greens in re-used tins: Monday 20th September at 10:30am

There are more ideas, resources and publicity tools on https://greatbiggreenweek.com/. It would be great to have a range of enjoyable activities around the borough to share, in or around 18th - 26th September. These may of course be a climate or nature focus within a regular event. If you're thinking of getting involved, do let us know (with the Great Big Green Week in the subject line) by contacting us at ClimateChange@swdevon.gov.uk.

What else is happening?

You can view what events are happening near you by using an interactive map by visiting https://greatbiggreenweek.com/find-an-event/ 

Alternatively, we have prepared a list below, which will increase as we find more events happening across the borough.

  • North Tawton Repair Cafe - 18th September 10 am to 12:30 pm at North Tawton Community Centre, Barton Street, North Tawton, EX20 2HN 

Join North Tawton Repair Cafe for our monthly repair event! Bring us your broken household items and clothes, and we will try our best to repair them. Tea, coffee and cakes always available, as well as a friendly face or two.

  • Bug Hotel and Wildflower Bombs with Story Telling and Games - 18th September 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Sampford Courtenay Village Green and Church Rooms, EX20 2SY

Sampford Courtenay Environmental and Sustainability Group will be organising a Bug Hotel Workshop to make a big Hotel for the Village Green, or a little one to take home. Wildflower Bomb throwing to help seed the wild meadow strip on the Village Green, Family Games and Story Telling. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle demonstrations on how to make useful things for the garden from your waste plastic and REPURPOSED RIOT SHIELDS! Plus refreshments for a picnic! Plant and seed swaps.

  • Talk by David Ramsden MBE 'Climate Change, What's all the fuss about? - 20th September 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at St James, Bondleigh, North Tawton, Devon, EX202AN

  • Transition Tavistock's Sustainability Book Group - online meeting 21st September at 7:30 pm

This first session of Transition Tavistock's Sustainability Book Group meeting will kick off with Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth, use the following link to register and join! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-book-group-launch-meeting-discussing-doughnut-economics-tickets-166786750661​ 

  • Meet Tamar Energy Community and Transition Tavistock at Tavistock Farmers Market - 25th September 9 am to 1 pm at Tavistock Square

Stop by at Tavistock Farmers Market (on the square outside the Town Hall) to chat to Tamar Energy Community and Transition Tavistock about low carbon heating, renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, public transport, walking, cycling and more. Find out about further activities bringing together people wanting to make a difference for climate and nature.

  • Big Green Coffee Morning - 25th September 9:30am to midday at Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton

Okehampton Town Council and Okehampton Fair Trade Group and Action on Climate Change and other such groups and combining to hold a Coffee Morning for the Big Green Week with action and support groups to educate, enlighten and enlist your support for all the things that we as a community can do to help Climate Change Awareness and how we can mitigate and adapt.

  • Harvest Festival and celebration of Eco Church award - 26th September 10-11am Tavistock Methodist Church

The church recently reached Silver in the Eco Church scheme and will reflect this in an all age harvest service. The church (Chapel St, PL19 8DX) is near Tavistock Bus Station. The service will also be on YouTube. For more information contact info@tmc.me.uk