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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.


Garden Market

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. We sell plants and seedlings for your garden, fresh produce, and home-made bread, cakes and preserves. If you have surplus garden stuff or home-made items to sell, please bring it along at about 9.15. Sales forms can be downloaded and there is more information here.
(NOTE: on 11 June we will instead be at the Family Fun Day on Tickers Folly Field.)


Recent news

A community orchard for Blewbury

Wonderful news! Sustainable Blewbury has just 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 down the eastern edge of the field, along Rubble Pit Lane. See our news page for full details of how we intend to proceed. If you are interested in taking part please contact John Ogden: John's email

2015 temperature

Climate change

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. And due to a strong El Niño event 2016 has started off with more record-breaking temperatures. 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 thermal imaging 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

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.


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:
 

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.