Charlbury Green Hub

In March 2013, the Charlbury Area Waste Action Group changed its name to the Charlbury Green Hub with a new website or the briefer URLs and with links to us on Twitter and Facebook.

Environmental events listing

New events are going on the calendar of events all the time, here are just a few. Visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in Oxford or take a tour of Westmill Solar Farm. Lots of events for young children locally with Litte Wild Things. Next weekend, there's a new bike repair workshop for families at Broken Spoke in Oxford, as well as Charlbury's Riverside where as well as the music there are other interesting things going on, you could learn how to scythe and how to make cider for example. Also dates of all farmers markets in the local area. Enter the Summer Swifts Photo Competition or take more interest in roadkill and report it to the Count Mammals in the Road Survey!

How much plastic do you normally use in a month? One great way of finding out: trying not to use any at all. Plastic-Free July is a month-long challenge where you try to avoid single-use plastics: things like straws, bread wrappers and yoghurt pots that are intended to be used once before being thrown away.

Countryside pages

Visit Charlbury's Blenheim Farm Nature Reserve. The flowers on the reserve are definitely worth a visit throughout the summer, the early flowers are forming their characteristic seedheads which give them their names - birds foot trefoil, hay rattle and meadow cranesbill. The later flowers now in bloom are all great for butterflies - the pink wild marjoram, wild basil, musk mallow, and red bartsia; the pale blue scabious; the purple black knapweeds (hardheads) and spear & woolly thistles. We're progressively cutting the grass using Austrian scythes to make hay, so if you would like to learn this fascinating new skill please contact Christine or phone 811057. While scything I've been listening to the birdsong - constant chiffchaffs, blackcaps, wrens and chaffinches and the evocative mewing of buzzards overhead and the yaffle of the green woodpecker. The pond area is alive with flying dragonflies - Southern Hawkers, Common Darters, Broad-Bodied Chasers and the smaller damselflies. They are all busy mating and laying eggs on vegetation in the pond.

Information about our local Countryside including a page of Nearby Places to Visit near Charlbury and Oxford. Walk the footpath through Glyme Farm near Chipping Norton during June & July and step back in time to the diversity of flowers and wildlife once common on limestone grassland. This is the best site for the rare Meadow Clary in Oxfordshire.

When you drive along the A40 between Pear Tree and Eynsham you'll whizz past and probably not notice the Oxford Meads which are spectacular traditional hay meadows full of wild flowers in June, and full of damselflies, butterflies and burnet moths while the flowers are still flowering, so why not stop and visit.

There are also lovely fragments of ancient woodland nearby which were once part of the more extensive Wychwood Forest and which are good for bluebells in the spring like Knighton's Copse in Wychwood Forest (below).

Environmental issues

Use the website to find out more about environmental issues. Each page has relevant links to external sites and relevant books which can be shared locally. The site is continually updated so pay a visit regularly to see what's new.

Find out more about Fracking and make up your own mind.

Read links from the Food page about asparagus from South America and the implications for water shortages and jobs in Peru following on from World Bank investment developing the asparagus agri-business in the Ica Valley desert.

See the side links on the Holidays page for holidays this summer and useful side links on the Travel page for journey planners, timetables, train ticket discounts & live departure boards etc.

Continuing CAWAG activities

All of CAWAG's activities are continuing, the Bring & Takes in March and October and the Charlbury Sharecroppers redistribution of apples in the autumn with the cider making for the Beer Festival. We'll also continue to organise things like secure paper shredding, tool sharpening, bike repairs and collecting things like bras, spectacles, CDs, and cassette tapes for reuse or recycling - bring them along to the Bring & Takes or to our stall at the Farmers Market.

New wider aims

The aim of this hub is to help local people and groups find their way around environmental issues, to share their experiences and to spread Charlbury's good ideas to other communities in Oxfordshire. Our new website will be a good starting point for you to find out more about our local countryside, food, energy, travel, and the wider implications for our planet's limited resources and climate change. We provide a list of things that can be shared by other groups or individuals in Charlbury so that we can work together better as a sharing community . . . and save money and resources in the process.

History of CAWAG

CAWAG started in 1997 and was one of the first members of the Oxfordshire Community Action Group network which originally concentrated on waste. But times and issues move on, and now we are one of about 50 community groups in the Oxfordshire network all taking action on climate change, including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues, to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in our local communities.

Last updated: Mon 21 Jul

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