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)
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.
Tree planting – Weekend 11–12 March
We’ve been 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.They will be planted on a triangle of land near the Chalk Pit. Now we need you! Planting will start the weekend of 11–12 March; we may also need help to prepare the site. If you are interested, please contact John Ogden, firstname.lastname@example.org or 850372.
Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting and new projects – Thursday 6 April, 7.30pm, Blewbury School Hall
We plan to show new projects for the school children and present some of our other work.
Willow weaving workshop – Saturday 24 April, 10am to 4pm
The next workshop is on Saturday 24th April from 10am to 4pm, when Lawrence Graham will be teaching basket making. The cost is £40. If you’d like to take part please contact Kathy Edmunds, email@example.com or 850337. Be warned – this is very popular and some places are already booked, but apply anyway and if full you’ll be put on a waiting list for the next one.
Talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis on biomimetics for sustainability – Monday 15 May, 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.
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.
A community orchard for Blewbury
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:
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. See our global warming page.
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.
Chalara is a serious disease of ash trees and is caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Symptoms include 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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Our activity is organised around five main themes: