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Sustainable Wantage

Sustainable Wantage

OX12

Sustainable Wantage is for anyone who has an interest in living more lightly on the planet.

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We are run by volunteers and support all sorts of different environmental initiatives relevant to our community. Also, as a member of the Oxfordshire Community Action Group network, we regularly meet with the many other similar groups across the county. Come along to one of our Green Drinks evenings where you can contribute to, and learn from, discussions on all sorts of “green” topics with like-minded people.

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contact: info.suswantage@gmail.com | www.sustainablewantage.org.uk

Sustainable Witney

Sustainable Witney

OX28

An active group, the Witney Bicycle User Group (or Witney BUG for short) are working with West Oxford District Council to improve cycle parking and produce a local cycle map.

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Witney Living Streets campaigned to reinstate the crossing in Welch Way and Edible Gardens meets once a month to share tips and advice on growing your own food. Now our main project is to establish a local Car Club – over a quarter of journeys in Witney are less than a mile.

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contact: brigitte@sustainablewitney.org.uk | sustainablewitney.org.uk

Sustainable Woodstock

Sustainable Woodstock

OX20

Our aim is to raise public awareness among the residents of Woodstock, Bladon and Wootton on the issues of climate change, energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, bio-diversity, sustainable economics and respect for the planet.

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Our current projects are a solar PV buying group; a thermal imaging project to demonstrate energy conservation measures; the completion of a sustainable community woodland; an annual swap shop; plus an all-out campaign to make Woodstock a plastic bag-free town.

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contact: colin.carritt@tiscali.co.uk | www.sustainablewoodstock.com

The Blewbury Energy Initiative

The Blewbury Energy Initiative

OX11

The Blewbury Energy Initiative is a project of Sustainable Blewbury. We aim to reduce energy consumption and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources wherever possible.

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We hope to reduce the amount of coal, oil, gas and electricity used, and to help the global environment.

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contact: ian.bacon@blewburtonpartners.com | www.blewbury.co.uk

Transition Chipping Norton

Transition Chipping Norton

OX7

The Transition Movement is a positive approach to meeting the challenges of the coming decades.

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Transition Chipping Norton currently is concentrating on localising food production and supporting our local farmers and also encouraging the switch to greener energy technology and saving energy by better insulation of homes and other buildings.

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contact: transitionchippingnorton@gmail.com

Transition Eynsham Area

Transition Eynsham Area

TEA or Green TEA is part of the Transition Towns network, a worldwide movement concerned with climate change and peak oil.

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They have five working groups: waste; hearts & minds; food; energy; and transport. All are concerned with raising the profile of the problems among members of the public and their politicians. Green TEA aims to demonstrate practical means of decreasing carbon output, e.g. energy conservation and generation, recycling, public transport, and localisation of food production. Activities include film shows, swap shops, seed swaps and a fruit festival. We are currently working on a car club, improving cycling facilities, local food production, a thermal imaging project, and small-scale power generation.

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contact: roskent@phonecoop.coop | http://www.greenteaoxon.net

WeSET (Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust)

WeSET (Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust)

SN6 8TH

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) is a charity with a desire to make a difference and was set up by members of Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative in 2009. The wind farm has since been joined by a solar park.

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These energy projects generating over 15GW/year of renewable energy are 100% community owned with almost 4,000 members.
WeSET carries out a wide range of activities, the core being educational work (including site visits), supporting local (mainly within 50 miles) energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives and arts projects. WeSET is a founding member of Community Energy England.

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contact: www.weset.org

West Oxford Community Renewables

West Oxford Community Renewables

OX2

West Oxford Community Renewables, or WOCoRe, is an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community (Bencom), established in 2009.

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We have developed 220kWp of renewable energy projects, mainly solar PV with a small wind turbine.

We were also responsible for establishing the Hogacre Common Eco Park at the former Corpus Christi College sports ground. Hogacre has now split off into its own Community Interest Company, but WOCoRe remains responsible for the lease.

Our most recent project has been the development of a microhydro (based around an Archimedes screw) at Osney Lock on the Thames – some members of our community have been working on this for over10 years. WOCoRe decided that the best way both to protect its assets and to attract investment in the hydro was to establish a new entity, Osney Lock Hydro (OLH), and in 2013 sold the hydro project to OLH.

WOCoRe is an OLH shareholder.

We donate a large portion of our profits to Low Carbon West Oxford to support its work on the Low Carbon Living Programme, food, transport, waste reduction, and wildlife projects.

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contact: www.wocore.org.uk

Westmill Solar

Westmill Solar

SN6

Westmill Solar cooperative is based in the south-west corner of Oxfordshire.

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It is an Industrial and Provident Society with 1,650 members. The solar farm comprises 21,000 panels built over 30 acres and which generates around 4.8GWh of green electricity a year. It is believed to currently be the largest community owned solar park in the world (at 2014).

The community raised the £15m of funds to buy the project from the developer through £5.8m in shares and £12m from a 24-year bond bought by Lancashire Pension fund. Westmill solar is democratically managed by a seven person board elected by its members.

The Westmill windfarm cooperative is on a neighbouring site.

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contact: info@westmillsolar.coop | www.westmillsolar.coop

Westmill Wind

Westmill Wind

SN6

Westmill Wind cooperative is based in the south-west corner of Oxfordshire.

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Its is an Industrial and Provident Society with 2,400 members who collectively raised £8m to develop the site and then buy and erect five wind turbines. Westmill organised a £4.6m share offer and a £3.4m 12-year loan from the Co-operative Bank. The wind-farm is democratically managed with a seven person board elected by members.

Westmill wind has been successfully generating around 11GWh of green electricity a year since its inception, and generating returns to members. It helps fund the Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust. In 2012 Westmill Solar Cooperative was established and shares the same site.

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contact: info@westmill.coop | www.westmill.coop