Local Environmental News and Projects

Eco News

 Please support the campaign to save over six acres of ancient woodland in Thatcham.

 HS2 refutrees find new home in Lambourn

 Trees for Schools – free saplings and resources from The Tree Council

 Why Wild Bees Matter – Roselle Chapman from Wild Oxfordshire, Oct speaker for Wantage Cafe Scientifique

 Grants and discounts available on cavity wall and loft insulation for your home

 Hungerford’s Fuel Cell Systems – at the cutting edge of hydrogen train and plane testing

• West Berks Natural Environmental Meet-Up Group – sign up for monthly zoom talk

 Apple picking and tree planting volunteers needed to help Hungerford Environmental Action Team

 Sustainable Wantage’s October newsletter includes apple press rental, climate change questions and how to maintain after your bird boxes.

 Find out if you are eligible for the government’s new Green Homes Grant 

 GreenFest YouTube Channel has a range of interesting talks and workshops to watch from their recent online event.


 Exciting progress of West Berkshire’s Lockdown Woods projects in Hungerford and Newbury initiated by Newbury Friends of the Earth

 Interesting discussion about the benefits of re-introducing beavers to help manage wetlands

 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.

 Do you know what is going on with HS2?

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?


• Virtual Newbury Apple Day 2020 – arrange for collection of surplus apples and get your apples identified

• 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

Transport, Electric Cars & Tech

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

The Role of Trees in Carbon Capture

 • Hampstead Norrey Community Shop is planting its own orchard of heritage fruit trees
• HS2 is bulldozing Jones Hill Wood where Newbury councillor Steve Masters has been living for 3 months 60 foot up a beech tree. See his live feed on facebook here. It’s a reminder that we have to fight for our remaining woodlands like Piggy Wood in Thatcham which is under threat from developers.

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:

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