Charlbury Green Hub

Join OLIO The Food Sharing Revolution

Anyone out there wanting FREE food? Currently there are several things listed locally, including a frozen chicken, Shredded Wheat, Truvia sweetener, baking yeast, Oxo cubes, marmalade - login and have a look.

Food in your cupboard you're not going to use? Upload a photo to OLIO to find someone locally who would love to use it.

Want to know more about what OLIO is all about? Article in Charlbury Chronicle March 2018 explains how we are just launching OLIO locally here in Charlbury. OLIO is available as a phone app, but can NOW BE USED ON THE WEB to make a new listing as well a view items available locally.

VIDEO: Olio on ITV News

VIDEO: How OLIO works

People are usually shocked by how much food they throw out. On average, a family with children spends £680 every year on food that ends up in the bin. Nearly half of what is thrown away is fresh fruit and vegetables. Bread, dairy produce, rice and pasta also make the top five on the most wasted food list.

Article defusing the confusion about Use By and Best Before dates in Charlbury Chronicle June 2010.



  • Next Bring & Take is Saturday 21 April at the Memorial Hall
  • Electrical items to be delivered a week in advance on Saturday 14 April to 23 The Green from 11-12 so they can be PAT-tested beforehand.
  • When you want paint etc, then have a look at our DIY Spares web page first to see what you could get for FREE here in Charlbury.


Use our 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 site is continually updated with interesting items.


New events are going on the calendar of events all the time: including interesting environmental talks, dates of local Farmers Markets. 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.


Information about our local Countryside including:

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).


The aim of Charlbury Green 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. The website is 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 run Bring & Takes in March and October. As Charlbury Sharecroppers we pick and redistribute apples in the autumn through the fortnightly Big Apple Take-Aways and make cider for the Beer Festival, Riverside Festival and the Wychwood Fair. We also organise things like secure paper shredding, tool sharpening, bike repairs and collecting things like bras, spectacles, batteries, lightbulbs for reuse or recycling - bring them along to the Bring & Takes or to our stall at the Farmers Market. Every winter we borrow the thermal imaging camera from WODC to carry out heat loss surveys for houses in Charlbury - contact us if you want to book a free survey.

In 2013 we changed our name from Charlbury Area Waste Action Group which had 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 60 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. More about us

Last updated: Wed 11 Apr

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