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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.

Events and activities

Tropical forests and climate change

Tropical forests, people and climate change: Dr. Catherine Long

Monday, 26 March in Manor Barn, 8.00 pm

Catherine Long (who grew up in Blewbury) will talk about her work supporting local communities and indigenous peoples in Africa and Latin America to secure their rights to control and manage forests – and to engage in global debates on climate change and other issues that affect their lives directly. This includes deforestation and its causes, along with some success stories about community and indigenous managed forests, as well as recent information about biofuels and wood pellets that affects the UK directly. Profits will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation.
Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out.

We have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Wildlife corridor hedgerow

Newsletter 21 – March 2018

Our latest new-style Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We have an article on a new hedgerow planted on the downs, between the Chalk Pit and Cow Lane, to serve as first stage of a wildlife shelter corridor that we hope will one day reach all the way to Woodway Road. Also news of coming events, and a link to videos taken in the village by camera traps that we purchased so pupils at Blewbury School can learn about local wildlife.

Earlier newsletters are listed with their contents on our newsletters page.

Camera trap fox

New on this website – Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the trial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal.

‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’ – Prof. Eric Eisenhandler

There’s been a lot in the news about climate change, especially extreme weather, but the stories don’t often explain much. Eric’s talk in Blewbury on 30 October 2017 explained climate change and its effects. Then he covered renewable energy, including recent progress in dealing with intermittent energy sources (wind and solar), and ended by summarising the UK situation. Eric’s slides can be viewed here (pdf).

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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.


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.