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: 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. Plus our other projects, including the community orchard, hedge laying, the garden market, apple juicing, permaculture, thermal imaging, etc.
We will have refreshments, and will end the evening with a short Annual General Meeting.
‘Smart, sustainable engineering from plants and animals’ – talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis – Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Blewbury Manor Barn
Studying how nature solves its engineering and materials problems has provided inspiration for solving our own problems. But just how did shark skin inspire the designers of the Airbus A380s, to take just one example. Ticket details soon.
Blewbury Garden Market
Our Garden Market will restart on the Garage forecourt in mid-May on Saturday mornings, selling locally grown plants, seedlings, as well as eggs, cakes and bread. We’d love more volunteers to help man the stall, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join in!
Community Orchard Grand Opening Picnic – Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field
Details to be announced, watch this space.
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.
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
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, 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: