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)
Village leaf clearance: Sunday 27th November
We would like to thank all of the very large number of people who turned up to help, making short work of clearing the footpaths and collecting an amazing 180 bags of leaves. Special thanks to Blewbury Primary School and all the children who turned up in their leaf crowns to have fun doing the work on a cold, grey day, David Hollick and Glen Meadows for collecting all the bags, Heather Richards and the BVS, the Parish Council, and to the Blueberry for welcoming the workers so warmly (in both senses!) after the work with coffee, tea or squash. And thank you to all the cooks who baked cakes to go with the drinks (n.b. cake works every time as a ‘bribe’ for all ages). There are some photos 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 (such as Jerusalem artichokes) all week.
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.
Newsletter 15 – September 2016
Our latest issue contains a wide variety of articles:
- A community orchard for Blewbury – dream becomes reality
- 2016 sets all the wrong climate records
- Renewable energy briefs
- Young gardeners at Blewbury School
- Saving our buses – a co-ordinated community action
- Green electricity from our food waste
- New local food directory
- The Low Carbon Hub wins prestigious sustainability award
- Light pollution
- First W. Mike Edmunds Memorial Lecture
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 is for the planting of a wide mixture of fruit trees at the eastern edge of the field, along Rubble Pit Lane. The first planting, of about half the trees, took place on 3 December 2016. See our community orchard page for full details of how we are proceeding, and there’s a diagram and list of trees here (pdf). 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 2016 has started off with record-breaking temperatures in every month so far. July and August were jointly the warmest months since records began. 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: