Archive for August, 2012
Meet at 17, The Springs. More information on the blogpost.
Apologies for the late notice: Sustainable Witney’s committee are meeting at 6.30pm this Thursday (30 August). It will be at 17, The Springs, off Corn Street. There’s lots of exciting projects to discuss:
- commissioning feasibility studies for a possible car club
- planning when to have the AGM
- thermal imaging comes to Witney this winter
- and we finally have a date for our Refashion event! (more on that later)
- plus! other stuff
… so do come along if you’d be interested in helping out. Many of these projects are already ongoing, so don’t feel you’re going to get volunteered for anything big if you do turn up! And new faces are always welcome.
How do you lead a sustainable life and still travel to other countries? Aviation is often the elephant in the room: people who work very hard to reduce their carbon footprint are tempted to turn a blind eye when it comes to foreign travel, partly because it seems as if there’s no alternative. There often is – it’s just not as well-known as the flying option.
What do you do once you’ve picked the low-hanging fruit of sustainable household improvement? Let’s say that (like us) you’ve already had your loft and cavity walls insulated, and all your windows are double-glazed. Where do you go next? The two main directions are: think big (replacement boiler or wood burner, triple glazing, solar water heating); or think small (changing habits, draught exclusion.)
Bridewell Organic Gardens are on the far side of Wilcote from Witney. You might have seen their signs and garden walls, en route between Wilcote and North Leigh on the long, sweeping single-track road.
But have you ever thought about what they do? They’re a therapeutic gardening project: they offer worthwhile work opportunities, in a therapeutic setting, for those who need a combination of therapy, exercise and to make a valuable contribution while doing so; the majority of their referrals are from primary care trusts.
Because of their therapeutic status, the gardens aren’t often accessible to the public. But! you can go on one of their open days, which will be on Sundays 19 August and 9 September. That’s a week this Sunday; and the second Sunday in September.
If you’re free on one of those days, why not pop along to Bridewell gardens, and maybe bring back some locally produced organic wine, or even organic honey, in your panniers…?