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.
Forthcoming events (more details on our events page)
Blewbury Garden Market
Our weekly stall on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 is running at the Garage until 15th October. We sell plants and seedlings for your garden, fresh fruit and vegetables, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and local honey. If you have surplus garden stuff or home-made items to sell, please bring them along at about 9.15. There is more information here, including sales forms to download.
Apple juicing sessions
Our annual sessions for making wonderful apple juice from your own apples will take place on the Sunday afternoons listed below. If you have a lot of apples you can also hire our equipment.
- Manor stable – 28 August, 2–4 pm
- Blewbury School – 11 September, 11.30 am–2 pm
- St Michael’s Church – 25 September, 12–2 pm (Harvest Festival)
- Manor Stable – 9 October, 2–4 pm
- Red Lion garden – 23 October 23, 12–3 pm (Apple Day, with VPA plant and cake sale)
- Manor stable – 6 November, 12–2 pm
See our events page for more details.
A community orchard for Blewbury
Wonderful news! Sustainable Blewbury has been awarded a grant of over £2000 by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment to create a community orchard on Tickers Folly Field. The grant will allow for the planting of a wide mixture of fruit trees at the eastern edge of the field, along Rubble Pit Lane. See our news page for full details of how we are proceeding. If you are interested in taking part please contact John Ogden:
2015 was the warmest year on record and 2014 was the second warmest. And due to a strong El Niño event 2016 has started off with record-breaking temperatures in every month so far. See our global warming page.
Thermal imaging of houses
In February the Blewbury Energy Initiative once again borrowed one of the Vale’s thermal imaging cameras to do surveys of people’s houses. This year we imaged 20 houses, writing short reports which can help to pinpoint any places where the house is leaking heat badly. This service is completely free.
Ash dieback has recently been confirmed at the Earth Trust’s Paradise Woods, near Long Wittenham, just 5 miles from Blewbury! Ash dieback, also known as Chalara, was first recorded in the UK in 2012. Since then it has spread to most areas of the UK. The latest information from the Forestry Commission shows that the disease has spread close to Blewbury, with records to the north, south and east of the village.
Chalara is a serious disease of ash trees and is caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Symptoms included leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions. Once a tree is infected it is usually fatal. Click here to see a poster showing what to look out for and what to do. The Forestry Commission’s website has the latest advice on management and identification. The ‘winter symptoms’ video towards the bottom of the page is excellent. For the latest records of the disease click here.
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