Communities Living Sustainably (CLS)

CLS in Dorset was funded by the Big Lottery Fund, one of 12 CLS programmes across England, from 2013 – 2016. The CLS programme explored a variety of innovative and integrated approaches to tackling climate change based on different communities and locations, supported by a Learning Partnership that included Groundwork UK, Energy Savings Trust, Confederation of Community Farms, and the Building Research Establishment.

CLS in Dorset partners have created a wealth of  RESOURCES to share, and the networks will carry on. See Our Journey  listing main CLS in Dorset activities and  our short film capturing some highlights​. You can access project reports, photographs, and films here:

Led by Dorset Community Action (lead partner), partners delivering CLS activities included Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Dorset County Council, Dorset Agenda 21 (Sustainable Dorset), Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Public Health, Transition Town Bridport, Transition Town Dorchester, Wessex Community Assets, West Dorset Partnership, WSX Enterprise Ltd. and Bridport Energy Services Ltd. 

CLS Legacy

Leaving a legacy was an important aim of the partnership through:

  • Sustainable Dorset hosting information on sustainability and climate change initiatives in the county, including events calendar and map of community initiatives.​
  • Dorset County Council Community Energy team, supporting Eco Schools, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation.
  • Dorset Community Energy, a CIC set up under the CLS project, successfully launching two community share issues to install photo voltaic panels on community buildings.
  • Dorset AONB developing a wood fuel supply chain for local householders as a development of the CLS Community Woodlands project.
  • Food Future Bridport continuing the promotion of local food in the Bridport community.
  • Dorset Community Action delivering a Community-led Economic Development project in Bridport in 2016/2017 – for more information,  see here.

Share this page