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.


Cultivate's new on-line shop is now operational, order & pay online between noon Monday and 2pm Wednesday for delivery to Charlbury (Crawborough, opposite the school) on a Friday lunchtime. Includes sourdough bread, cheese, eggs, butter, cream, and meat as well as fruit and vegetables. At the Riverside Festival on 25-26 July, come to the Cultivate stall to collect a Cultivate 10% off fruit & veg discount voucher to use once before 31st July - available to new and existing customers.
Next market Saturday 25 July 10am-12noon, new fortnightly local produce market
The Wychfood Exchange is held outside the Finstock community shop.

Food and drink grown or produced in the Wychwood Forest area and other local produce will be on sale:

  • vegetables, fruit and flowers from the walled garden at Asthall Manor
  • Bread Shed sourdough loaves from Charlbury
  • soft fruit from Finstock
  • frozen beef from British White cattle at Downhill Farm, Hailey
  • soft and feta goats cheese and creme fraiche from Southdown Farm, Witney
  • honey from Ramsden
  • elderflower cordial from Ramsden

Environmental events listing

New events are going on the calendar of events all the time: The Wychfood Exchange - the new local produce market on alternate Saturdays at Finstock shop, moth morning, RSPB's Sky at Night at Otmoor and Big Wild Sleepout at Wytham Woods, open days at Bridewell and Westmill wind farm & solar park, green picnics for families at Botanic Garden, festivals, local Farmers Markets, and opportunities for volunteering locally as well as direct action about climate change . . . . . Also easy links to event listings for other environmental organisations such as Good Food Oxford, Earth Trust, Cogges, Wychwood Project, BBOWT, Oxford Natural History Museum, environmental lectures at Oxford University, and also Daily Information the comprehensive guide to what's on in Oxford.

Countryside pages

Information about our local Countryside including:

  • Local Wildlife showing what you might see month by month in Charlbury. Swifts returned in May, take the link to see the live webcam of the famous swifts in the museum tower in Oxford.
  • Blenheim Farm Nature Reserve showing what's been found on the reserve next to the Centenary Woodland.
  • Footpath Network for local walks around Charlbury.
  • Nearby Places to Visit near Charlbury and Oxford which are all beginning to be at their best as the flowers emerge.

Sites listed include several 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, BBC radio & TV programmes, and relevant books which can be shared locally. The News panel (viewable from every page) includes links to The Guardian's Environment News Topics. The site is continually updated so pay a visit regularly to see what's new. For example:

  • Links from the Resources page about Water and the Californian drought.
  • Links from the Energy page about Fracking.
  • Links from the Food page about Changing EU legislation that is paving the way for the UK to start growing GM crops.
  • Links on the Waste page about the problem of microplastic particles in the oceans.
  • Links on the Wellbeing-Health page to the 2014 Reith lectures on Radio 4 about the Future of Medicine.
  • Side links on the Travel page for journey planners, timetables, train ticket discounts & live departure boards etc.
  • Side links on the Travel-Days Out and Holidays page for ideas about getting away.

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, Riverside Festival and the Wychwood Fair. 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: Wed 22 Jul

Visit our website (

Charlbury Website © 2015. All contributions are the opinion of their respective authors. Heading photo by Alan Sinclair. Code/design by Richard Fairhurst. Contact us. Follow us on Twitter.