Survey results Sept 2019

Thank you to all 132 people who completed our Sept 2019 survey. This data is extremely useful in helping to direct our work and demonstrate to funders what people want. As a result Transition has submmit 2 bids to the Climate Challenge Fund: Local Food focusess on growing and food networks and we partner with the St Andrews Botanic Garden on this. The second bid is in partnership with the St Andrews Environmental Network and builds on the skillshare/toolshare programme to reduce waste and support Climate Conversations

The winner of the £30 of the £30 Tree Food Voucher was Fritha Gilbert from St Andrews. Congratulations!

You can see the full results of the survey here

Or a summary of the findings is below

Food:

In the survey we asked members of the community about their interests and attitudes towards food consumption and growing. Of the respondents, over 82% would like to grow their own food or more of it. The results also show the cost of food, whether it is Fairtrade, grown locally, fresh and is low impact environmentally ranking highly as either “important” or “very important” to most people.

The main barriers to people growing their own food focused on lack of space, time and knowledge. However, results also showed a high interest in wanting to learn new skills especially around “small area food growing” (68%), general growing skills (59%), garden design (57%) and foraging for wild foods (53%). 

Sharing Economy and Transport:

Our survey showed 90% of people would like to reuse, re-make and recycle more, highlighting that value of circular and sharing economy initiatives. 78% of respondents showed interest in learning skills to repair and upcycle clothing, and items that ranked most popularly by people looking to share more to consume less include DIY tools (78%), event furniture (68%), camping equipment (54%) and clothing (49%). Significantly, the desire to engage with practical action on climate change in a community setting was common, with over 86% of respondents agreeing with this statement.

Responses to questions on transport show single-person car use to be the second most used form of transport (31%), in front of cycling (19%) and behind walking (33%), Despite most commutes averaging under 2km. The most significant barriers to cycling included poor road condition and design (48%) and lack of confidence (41%).

Survey data shows less than 50% of respondents are confident at bike maintenance while 61% would like to learn more about maintaining my bike.