The Blewbury Village Society Environment Group (BVS-EG), was founded in 1993, as a forum for discussion and action on topics related to the village and its environment – including the village fabric, amenities such as footpaths and open spaces, springs, streams and the natural habitat.
There have been several recent initiatives initiatives relating to sustainable living and coping with climate change. The Blewbury Energy Initiative was the first of these, and Transition Together is the most recent. In order to better reflect the emphasis on sustainability, the BVS-EG is now called Sustainable Blewbury.
Water provided the first renewable energy to be used in Blewbury. The water wheel shown here was installed in the late 19th century to provide electricity for Ashbrook House – the first use of electricity in the village.
Sustainable Blewbury is organised around five main themes:
- Energy – to decrease use of fossil fuels and encourage renewables
- Travel and transport – to reduce dependence on cars and wasteful transport
- Food and farming – to promote local production and fair trade
- Natural environment and heritage – to promote protection of Blewbury’s special features
- Waste and recycling – to increase reuse and recycling
Current projects, with their Convenors
- Blewbury Energy Initiative (Hugh Osborn)
- Produce stall (Angela Hoy)
- Permaculture project (Angela Hoy)
- Orchard survey (Mike Edmunds)
- Downland project (Peter Cockrell)
- Millbrook project: the Cleve, springs and streams (Mike Edmunds)
- Village trees (Anita Rendel)
- Village skills project (Anita Rendel)
- Dark skies and tranquility (Mike Marshall)
- Transition Together (Jo Lakeland)
How you can help Sustainable Blewbury
We wish to involve the whole village, and welcome participation from all those with suggestions and ideas on how we can adapt to more sustainable ways of living. Our ambitions outstrip our resources – we need more helpers. If you are interested in getting involved with a project, please make contact with the project leader or one of the two Mikes (Edmunds or Marshall).
- Chair – Mike Edmunds:
- Secretary and deputy webmaster – Mike Marshall:
- Webmaster – Eric Eisenhandler:
- Energy – Hugh Osborn:
- Travel and transport – Mike Marshall:
- Food and farming – Angela Hoy:
- Natural environment and heritage – Mike Edmunds:
- Waste and recycling –