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Blewbury’s water

Millbrook project

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Apple Day photo gallery

Permaculture project

  Permaculture photo gallery

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  Permaculture tree info

Battery recycling/recharging

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  8 - Jan. 2013

  9 - Sep. 2013

10 - Feb. 2014

Blewbury Collage

The Sustainable Blewbury project

Our origins

Blewbury is a medium-size English village which enjoys a high standard of living and quality of life, and has a tradition of interest in and caring for its environment. Community concerns about the environment led to the formation in 1993 of the Blewbury Village Society Environment Group (BVS-EG), acting as a forum for discussion and action on topics related to the village and its environment – including the village fabric, amenities such as footpaths and open spaces, springs, streams and the natural habitat. In 2013 we celebrated our 20th anniversary!

CAG logo

During the first decade of the new millennium the BVS-EG initiated several actions relating to the Parish Plan. Our environmental work was brought together in 2006 with the publication of a book, A View from the Hill. Increasing awareness of concerns around climate change and a need to switch to non-polluting sources of energy led in 2005 to the formation of the Blewbury Energy Initiative – the first of a family of new village initiatives relating to sustainable living and coping with climate change, as well as our environment. In order to better reflect the emphasis on sustainability, the BVS-EG was renamed Sustainable Blewbury.

In 2012 it was agreed to operate as an organisation independent of the Blewbury Village Society, and Sustainable Blewbury now has its own constitution, approved at our AGM in April 2012. The constitution was modified at the following AGM, on 12 April 2013, to add trustees (currently Hugh Osborn and Steve White) – this was needed to allow us to enter into leasehold agreements and other legal arrangements. We are affiliated to CAG (Community Action Groups) Oxfordshire, and join a growing wider regional and national movement of communities small and large striving for lower carbon standards of living.

Five themes

Sustainable Blewbury is organised around five main themes:

Current projects

Below we list the specific projects currently underway and their convenors:

How you can help

We wish to involve the whole village, and welcome participation from all those with suggestions and ideas on how we can adapt to more sustainable ways of living. Our ambitions outstrip our resources – we need more helpers. If you are interested in getting involved with a project, please make contact with the project leader or our Chair.

Core Group list and contact information


Nearly 1000 years of Sustainable Blewbury

In the Domesday Book Blewbury is recorded as containing a church, 89 households and four water mills – two of which were in the current Parish of Blewbury.

This water wheel was installed in the late 19th century by Eli Caudwell to provide electricity for Ashbrook House. It was the first use of electricity in the village.

Garden Waterwheel

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