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.


  • Links to the OCC consultation documents about reducing the number of Household Waste Recycling Centres in the County (deadline 5 October) because of having to make cuts of £350,000 to this service. This is your opportunity to make suggestions such as the county to negotiate with districts to collect more things at the kerbside - such as metal and electrical items, to avoid travelling to an HWRC.
  • It's that time for autumn fruits again - the next Big Apple Take-Away is Sunday 11th October at the Playing Close from 2.30pm and then fortnightly until the end of November. If you have more plums, apples, or pears than you can use, then please contact or phone 01608 811057, so we can pick them for redistribution. Windfalls are also great to make cider for the Beer Festival, Riverside, and the Wychwood Forest Fair.


  • Unfortunately, Cultivate has now put their online shop into hibernation. They are very sorry to disappoint their many customers in Charlbury while they re-evaluate the on-line service, please send feedback to about why you did or didn't use the online shop etc. However they are continuing with their mobile veg van in Oxford which operates Thursdays to Sundays.

Environmental events listing

New events are going on the calendar of events all the time: interesting environmental talks, local Farmers Markets, and direct action and conferences 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:

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: Mon 28 Sep

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