Lambourn Valley Eco Community

We are a group of like-minded local residents who care about the environment, climate change and biodiversity. We welcome anyone in the valley, whether they would like to discuss issues, share experiences or do practical activities. We have a facebook page and a whatsapp group (which you can join by contacting Pat on ecoeastgarston@gmail.com).

Monthly Informal Support Group

We host informal meet-ups for anyone in the valley who would like to reduce their carbon footprint on the first Sunday of the month. The time and venue varies from month to month so please contact Pat and Penny on ecoeastgarston@gmail.com for details. We can discuss topics like looking at your home energy use via insulation and type of energy, travel options, mediterranean diet options, changing your bank account, signing petitions etc We share personal experience and signpost people to get professional advice where required. We also have a whatsapp group to continue the discussion between meetings.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

If you would like to reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to start, we recommend starting by calculating your carbon footprint on the WWF Footprint Calculator.

Thermal Imaging Camera

We have a camera available for anyone in the valley to borrow in order to identify the hot and cold spots in their homes. To help you remedy any draughts or holes in your home, we also loan out with the camera a copy of Draught-proofing and Insulation by Tony Cowling at Reading Draughtbusters.

Flyer on Climate Emergency and what we can do about it

Pat has written this flyer which clearly summaries the issues and what practical steps we can take. If you would like a copy of the flyer or would like Pat to talk to your group please contact her on ecoeastgarston@gmail.com 


Green Weekends in 2023

In 2023 we ran two weekends of green events in the valley.

October 2023 Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley

Many thanks to everyone who supported the October Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley. Apples were pressed, wildlife hedges and chalk streams visited, items repaired, insulation, home energy and our farming and food system discussed and much more.

Here are videos of the two talks in Eastbury Church:

The River Lambourn by Eastbury Village Warden Andrew Gorton..
Victorian ecologist Robert Jefferies by Mr Mike Pringle, Director of the Jefferies Museum in Swindon.

April 2023 Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley

The first Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley at the end of April 2023 included a repair cafe, farm walks and inspiring talks and saw many people in the valley connect on environmental issues.

“It was great to meet other people in the valley who are concerned about climate change and biodiversity loss,” says Pat Watson, one of the organisers. “We hope we can continue to support each other in creating habitats and putting up swift boxes – and in sharing ideas about making the changes in our lifestyles that will make a difference to climate change.”

If you missed the Green Weekend, please see details here or visit the Lambourn Valley Eco Community facebook page.

You can also watch videos of some of the talks:
Overview of climate change and what can be done about it
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, weather & climate scientist

Climate Change Awareness and Meaningful Climate Action in the Lambourn Valley
Dr Pat Watson, Scientist & educator

Regenerative Food Growing
Rachel Hammond, Landscape Architect

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