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 & Table Top Sale: Saturday 14th May from 11am–3pm, Village Hall
Our weekly stall will have its opening week – unusually! – in the Village Hall before resuming as usual at the Garage. Please bring your seedlings, seeds, baked goods and preserves to sell. This special week will be combined with a Table Top Sale to help you dispose of all those items you’ve been hoarding in the attic/garage/garden shed for years! Tables can be hired for £5 (book at Post Office). Entry is free but donations to the Village Hall refurbishment will be welcomed. Please bring items from 10.30am. Refreshments will be available. If you’d like to help at this event, contact Angela Hoy:
The Story of Our Landscape – a talk by Rose Somerset: Thursday 26th May, 8.00pm, Manor Barn
Blewbury is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, but just what makes our landscape special and worth protecting?
We are delighted that Rose Somerset will give us a special evening of history, geology and ecology. Rose is on the team that looks after the North Wessex Downs – she will tell us how our landscape formed, how humans have influenced its evolution and why its chalk hills are a special place for wildlife.
Tickets £8 including wine – on sale at the Post Office or on the door (unless sold out). All profits go to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Full details on our events page.
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:
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 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: