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)
Apple juicing sessions
Our annual sessions for making wonderful apple juice from your own apples will take place on the Sunday afternoons listed below. If you have a lot of apples you can also hire our equipment. Remaining sessions:
- Red Lion garden – 23 October, 12–3 pm (Apple Day, with VPA plant and cake sale)
- Manor stable – 6 November, 12–2 pm
See our events page for more details.
‘Old Houses, Warm Houses’
A talk by Marianne Suhr, Historic Buildings Surveyor
Wednesday 16th November, 8.00 pm at Manor Barn
Marianne Suhr, author of ‘Old House Eco Handbook: A Practical Guide to
Retrofitting for Energy-Efficiency & Sustainability’, will guide
homeowners through a variety of options to prepare for the winter months.
She will be discussing windows and doors, roofs and walls, and various techniques
for retrofitting an older building whilst retaining historic fabric. She
will focus particularly on the recent renovation of Meers Parcel in Blewbury
as a specific example.
Tickets £6 including a glass of wine and nibbles, at the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out). All profits go to Blewbury Pre-school.
Village leaf clearance
Sunday 27th November, 2–4 pm (Sunday 11th December if leaf fall is very late), meet at the Play Close
This is an annual working party, organised by Sustainable Blewbury with support from the BVS and Parish Council. We all use the footpaths: joggers, dog walkers, pub goers, people buying papers from the Garage or veg from Savages. We need your help, and it’s a great way to do your bit for Blewbury! If everyone who uses the footpaths helps out we’d clear them of slippery leaves very quickly. Meet at the Playclose at 2 pm. Bring your rakes and barrows if you have them, or borrow ours. Activities for all ages – make it a family event! Tea/coffee/juice and cake for volunteers after the clean-up at ‘The Blueberry’ (who have kindly offered to sponsor the event).
Blewbury Garden Market Extra
Our weekly stall at Blewbury Garage has now closed for the year – many thanks to our suppliers and purchasers for making it a success. During the coming months there will be bread and cake on sale at the Post Office on Saturday mornings, and preserves and some produce all week.
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 will allow for the planting of a wide mixture of fruit trees at the eastern edge of the field, along Rubble Pit Lane. See our community orchard page for full details of how we are proceeding, and there’s a diagram and a possible 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: