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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.


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Events (more details on our events page)

Blewbury Garden Market

Our 8th year! From 20th May through mid-October at Blewbury Service Station, every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am. We’ll have fresh produce, plants and seedlings, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, free-range eggs, preserves and honey, all locally produced. Bring us anything you’d like to sell between 9.00 and 9.30; there’s more information for producers on our food page. We’d also love more volunteers to help man the stall – please contact us at bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk if you’d like to join in!


community orchard trees

Community Orchard Opening – 11 June

We celebrated the opening of our new orchard with a party: a village picnic and barbecue, with support from Blewbury Primary School PTA and the Pre-school, music from Blewbury Learner Brass Band, and a range of activities for all ages. The event was a great success – we are grateful to everyone who helped and to all who came to enjoy it.

There are photos of the event by Roger Murphy at:
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and by Eric Eisenhandler at:
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There is more information about the orchard on our community orchard page.


Smart meters

Our Energy Initiative website has 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.


wildlife corridor

Recent news

Tree planting and start of a ‘wildlife corridor’

We were awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. On 11 March they were planted by enthusiastic volunteers on a triangle of land on the downs near the Chalk Pit. This is the start of a project to make a continuous ‘corridor’ for wildlife, made up of trees and hedge bushes across to the Cow Lane footpath and eventually to Woodway Road. More photos on our news page.

Climate change

2016 was the third year in a row to break the global average temperature record. 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2000; the remaining one was 1998. We are now 1°C above the mid-20th Century level. Temperatures are by far the most extreme in the Arctic, where the extent of sea ice during the winter was the lowest ever recorded. See our global warming page.


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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.