Archive for April, 2013

Community Woodland in Witney

April 28th, 2013

WoodDuring Riki Therivel’s recent fascinating talk to Sustainable Witney on the subject of the Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme (of which she is Manager) the subject of community woodlands was mentioned. Riki is keen to see such woodlands set up in a sustainable way wherever possible. Here in Witney we are one step ahead! We already have a community woodland, located between Deer Park Road and Range Road on the west side of the town. It’s managed by Witney Woodland Volunteers – a group of enthusiastic local people who regularly work at the site to increase its biodiversity and its value as a peaceful haven open to everyone. WWV have a long-term legal agreement with West Oxfordshire District Council to manage the site (formerly a fly-tipped buffer zone between the industrial and the housing estate) and since 2010 have been busy planting:

  • hundreds of trees and lots of new native hedgerows
  • an orchard of Oxfordshire heritage fruit trees
  • a hazel copse
  • wildflower meadows and butterfly banks
  • a shallow scrape to support aquatic species

If you fancy getting involved, check out the website at where you’ll see photos of what’s happening at the new woodland plus on Facebook at

I’ve been involved with the group since its inception and can recommend the benefits (fresh air, exercise, fun, plus a sense of achievement). We go out on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. to work either at Deer Park Wood, as it’s known, or on projects elsewhere in Witney to improve the town’s natural environment. Why not come and join us?

TGiF – Therapy

April 26th, 2013

From Ashes from Bogdan Jugureanu on Vimeo.

TGiF – Thankyou

April 19th, 2013

Street Cellist David McGee: A Portrait from Jesse Roesler on Vimeo.

Our thermal imaging open evening in pictures

April 17th, 2013

As Dale so rightly mentioned, our thermal imaging project was a tremendous success. We took images of around a hundred houses, and we had over half of those householders turn up to our open evening!

Here’s a few photos to give you an idea of what went on:

Katherine from SW chats to people in the queue for Dale's sage advice

Katherine from SW chats to people in the queue for Dale’s more in-depth advice

SW chair Brigitte chats to an attendee

SW chair Brigitte discusses the results of the imaging with an attendee

Noticeboard with printouts

Useful information on thermal imaging and options for insulation/improvement, for while people waited

Despite the sheer number of attendees taking us by surprise, it was still a fairly relaxed event. And as you can see, it was very informal. Because the event was run by a volunteer organization (i.e. us!) and West Oxfordshire District Council, then there was no unnecessary “hard sell” that you might get with private thermal imaging.

We’re hoping to do some more thermal imaging next winter: subscribe to our news emails and watch this space.

Bums on saddles and feet on pavements

April 15th, 2013

Oxford cycling organisation Cyclox has organised a meeting exploring why so many people get in their cars for short journeys. What obstacles are there to getting more people using their legs?

Brookes University Research Fellow Dr Tim Jones will talk about a recent study, Understanding Walking and Cycling.

Head to St Michaels in the Northgate (Cornmarket Street entrance). Entry free, all welcome. Tea, soft drinks and possibly cake will be provided.



TGiF – Sharing

April 12th, 2013

Bicycles (from “Julien & Claire”) from Dominic Matar on Vimeo.

TGiF – Accessories for Beautiful People

April 5th, 2013

Commuter by LEVI’S® from Sean L T Cartwright on Vimeo.