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)
‘Otters: Conservation and Ecology’
A talk by Graham Scholey, biodiversity specialist with the Environment Agency
Tuesday 11th October, 8 pm at Manor Barn
How Britain’s most elusive mammal was brought back
from the edge of extinction.
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 WaterAid.
Blewbury Garden Market
Our weekly stall on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 is running at the Garage until 15th October. We sell plants and seedlings for your garden, fresh fruit and vegetables, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and local honey. If you have surplus garden stuff or home-made items to sell, please bring them along at about 9.15. There is more information here, including sales forms to download.
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:
- St Michael’s Church – 25 September, 11.30am–2 pm (after Harvest Festival)
- Manor Stable – 9 October, 2–4 pm
- Red Lion garden – 23 October 23, 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 House, Warm House’
A talk by Marianne Suhr, Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings and local historic buildings expert
Wednesday 16th November, 8 pm at Manor Barn (date to be confirmed))
Improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes.
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 charity.
Village leaf clearance
Sunday 27th November, 2–4 pm (Sunday 11th December if leaf fall is late this year), meet at the Play Close
Every November we organise a leaf clearance work party, and we need your help. Joggers, dog walkers, pub goers, people fetching their paper from the garage or their veg. from Savages, we all use the footpaths, and benefit from the footpaths not being made slippery by decomposing leaves. If everyone who uses the footpaths comes to help tidy them we’d get it done in half an hour, so please join us on the Play Close at 2 pm – there will be coffee/tea and cake later on for the workers!
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: