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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, including the depletion of natural resources. We believe that we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a lower-carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life.

SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives. Our Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.


Events (more details on our events page)

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting and new projects – Thursday 6 April, 7.00pm, Blewbury School Hall

We will be showing new projects for the school children as well as presenting some of our other work. We are setting up nesting boxes equipped with small video cameras for birds and camera traps for seeing wildlife such as deer, muntjacs, foxes, etc. around the village. We're also working on the school's Biodome and gardens for the children to grow fruit and vegetables. We will end the evening with a short Annual General Meeting.

Blewbury Garden Market Extra

You can buy locally made bread and cakes for the weekend at the Post Office on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am – so call in before doing your weekly shop! Any unsold bread is put in the freezer so is available during the week as well. If you feel like occupying a couple of hours with baking on a Friday, bring your efforts along and we will sell them for you (10% retained, split between PO and SB). We also sell preserves and occasional produce all week.

Talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis on biomimetics for sustainability – Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Manor Barn

What do shark skin and Airbus A380s have in common? Or lotus plants and tall buildings? More information soon.

Community Orchard Grand Opening Picnic – Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field

Details to be announced.


Smart meters

Our Energy Initiative website has new material on smart meters for electricity and gas. If your energy supplier has offered to install a smart meter, you may find our summary of their advantages and problems useful.


wildlife corridor

Recent news

Tree planting and start of a ‘wildlife corridor’

We were awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. On 11 March they were planted by enthusiastic volunteers on a triangle of land on the downs near the Chalk Pit. This is the start of a project to make a continuous ‘corridor’ for wildlife, made up of trees and hedge bushes across to the Cow Lane footpath and eventually to Woodway Road. More photos on our news page.

A community orchard for Blewbury

community orchard trees

We have now planted our community orchard on Tickers Folly Field. It is supported by a grant of over £2000 by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2). The orchard is a wide mixture of fruit trees at the eastern edge of the field, along Rubble Pit Lane. The planting took place on 3 and 18 December 2016. The orchard has been named in memory of Mike Edmunds. See our community orchard page for full details, and there’s a diagram and list of trees here (pdf). If you are interested in taking part please contact John Ogden: John's email

Climate change

2016 was the third year in a row to break the global average temperature record. 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2000; the remaining one was 1998. We are now 1°C above the mid-20th Century level. Temperatures are by far the most extreme in the Arctic, where the extent of sea ice during the winter was the lowest ever recorded. See our global warming page.


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Our activity is organised around five main themes:
 

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Energy

The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment and Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme aims to raise awareness and promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, and village fabric.

Pentagram of themes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.