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 Extra: Saturday mornings from 9.30 – 11.30, Post Office
We have resumed BGM
the Post Office, courtesy of Karen. We welcome your bread and cakes, preserves
and end of season fruit and vegetables. Bread and pastries on Saturday mornings,
and preserves and produce all week. Our food page
explains how it works and has full information for producers. Coordinated by
Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter – issue 14
Contents: (click here to read the newsletter)
- Editorial – Jo Lakeland and Eric Eisenhandler
- What comes next? – The aftermath of the Paris climate change conference Jo Lakeland
- Climate change briefs – Eric Eisenhandler
- A wrecking ball hits renewable energy in the UK – Eric Eisenhandler
- The origins and early days of Sustainable Blewbury – Jo Lakeland
- Blewbury’s Water – Jo Lakeland
- How your ‘landfill’ waste produces energy at Ardley – Angela Hoy
- Thoughts of an angry Volkswagen diesel owner – Eric Eisenhandler
- Hedge-laying in Blewbury – John Ogden
- Ash dieback – is genetic modification the solution? – Jo Lakeland and Glen Meadows
Preliminary data indicates that 2015 was the warmest year on record. 2014 was either the second warmest year on record or tied with 2010 and 2005, depending on how the data were analysed. See our global warming page.
Thermal imaging of houses
In February the Blewbury Energy Initiative is once more borrowing one of the Vale’s Thermal Imaging Cameras to do thermal imaging surveys of people’s houses. We then use these images to write a short report which can help you to pinpoint any places where your house is leaking heat badly. This service is completely free, and we are prioritising the houses of people who have either moved into Blewbury in the last 12 months, or who have moved inside the village and anyone wishing to check on insulation improvements made since previous imaging.
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.
More recycling from home
You can now put even more items out for kerbside recycling from home. Small electrical items like toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, small electronic toys, and radios need to placed in a carrier bag and put out next to your grey waste bin. Textiles like torn or worn out clothes, curtains and bedsheets that aren’t good enough for charity need to be placed in a tied carrier bag next to your green bin on recycling days.
On our websites
Mike Edmunds memorial exhibition: 21 June 2015 (Open Gardens Day)
We had an exhibition in memory of Mike, and to celebrate the rebuilding of what is to be officially known as the Edmunds Footbridge over the Mill Brook in Watery Lane. The exhibition showed BVS-Environment Group and Sustainable Blewbury projects inspired by Mike’s ideas and leadership during the 22 years since he and a few others set up the BVS-EG. The posters we showed can be viewed and downloaded as a pdf file here.
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Our activity is organised around five main themes: