Local Environmental News and Projects

Upcoming Eco Events

The Mix in Wantage is open for refills on Saturday mornings

Sustainable Summer Challenge devised by Packing Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough inspires you to make one change in your lifestyle per week

Big Butterfly Count (until 9 August)

Mon 31 Aug – Sat 5 Sep GreenFest 2020 goes online


Eco News

• West Berkshire Council are first council to launch a green Community Municipal Investment scheme 

• Parsons Down Infant & Junior Schools win Green Flag Eco School award

• If you are concerned about a green and fair recovery please support this Friends of the Earth petition

• West Berkshire Green Councillor Steve Masters is living in a tree right now to protest the pending destruction by HS2 of Jones Hill Wood near Aylesbury that inspired Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox book. If you’d like to support the campaign, please join their protest or make a donation here.

 • Do you know what is going on with HS2?

• Sustainable Wantage’s July news includes: terracycle collections, scything workhops, new wildlife gardening facebook group

•  Newbury Friends of the Earth is encouraging local residents to nurture saplings to be planted in a new Lockdown Wood and the group is growing – see here how to get involved and tips for looking after your saplings at home. They have ordered over 1000 native English saplings to establish the wood this winter.

Hungerford Environmental Action Team suggests 10 ideas for taking action to protect the environment

• BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust) facebook page has lots of advice on supporting wildlife and making your garden wildlife friendly. They have a lovely guide to looking after wild bees in your garden.

• According to this new league table by Dr Ivanova, the biggest impact on emmissions can come from the amount and way we travel.

Local Climate Change Initiatives

 Conversation with Claire Willser from West Berkshire Climate Action Network and Green Councillor Steve Masters on 4LEGS Radio (listen from 29 minutes in – includes an explanation of how XR Citizen Assemblies work)

• Carbon Neutral Aldbourne group are worth following – lots of great ideas.

• Highlights of GreenFest 2019 in Hampstead Norreys: talk by Sir Brian Hoskins, Founding Member of the Climate Change Committee;  Panel Discussion including Richard Benyon MP;  Lawrence Woodward OBE on Food & Farming Choices for Health and Environment; Should we oppose the expansion of Heathrow?


• Price comparison between food shopping at Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough versus the supermarkets 

It is commonly accepted now that meat (especially beef) production creates a lot of carbon. But you also have to take into consideration carbon emissions of fruit and vegetables that are flown around the world

 Local honey suppliers in your area

Reducing Food Waste

Jo from The Mix in Wantage explains how their new Community Fridge and Store Cupboard works to reduce food waste. 

You can also use the Olio and Too Good to Go apps to rescue local food going to waste.

Renewable Energy

Electric Cars & Tech

The Role of Trees in Carbon Capture

Water & Cleaning Products

How to protect our waterways from pollution and to minimise water waste in our homes.

How to make clothes washing ‘soap’ from conkers

Plastic & Recycling

• According to Oxfordshire Recycles, the carbon impact of food going to waste is bigger than the impact of the plastic packaging. A wrapped cucumber lasts 3 times as long as an unwrapped one! However, 79% of all plastic items ever produced are still in the environment and having an impact on the planet.

Packaging Not Included in Marlborough has proved a huge success in reducing single use plastic

 Newbury EcoBricking every Wednesday 3 – 7pm at Lock, Stock & Barrel Pub


Clothes & Shopping

• How to take a more sustainable approach to your wardrobe…without buying a single thing by Victoria Lochhead from Frankie & Ruby Dress Agency

• It was inspiring to chat with Karen Kirton from Berkshire on a Budget about her progress and ongoing plans for a No Spend 2020 including testing free offers on food apps, free pampers and make-up samples, free music lessons and computer support. Listen here:

Local Environmental Groups

Please consider joining a local group to meet likeminded people in your community and learn more about actions you can take to reduce waste and fight climate breakdown. (Please leave a comment below if you would like to have your group featured here).

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