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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

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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It addresses the fundamental issues of reducing our waste, reusing and recycling; localising food production and supporting our local farmers; creating more local jobs; making our streets more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly; eliminating unnecessary traffic; and campaigning for, and encouraging, the switch to greener energy technology. “Chippy” joined the Transition Network in 2011 and now has six working groups covering all the key areas of sustainable living.

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contact: barbsaund@aim.com | transitionchippingnorton.ning.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 six working groups: waste; challenge; food; policy; 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@metronet.co.uk | www.eynsham.org

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 and Solar Farm co-operatives. These energy projects generating over 15GW/year of renewable energy are 100% community owned with almost 4,000 members.

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WeSET carries out a wide range of activities, the core being educational work (including site visits), supporting local energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives and arts projects.

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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) set up in 2009. We have developed 220kWp of renewable energy projects, mainly solar PV with a small wind turbine.

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Our next project is a microhydro (Archimedes screw) at Osney Weir on the Thames – some members of our community have been working on this for 10 years now but we hope to bring it to fruition soon. We donate our profits to Low Carbon West Oxford to support the Low Carbon Living Programme, food, transport, waste reduction, and wildlife projects. We also use some of our profits to cover running costs of the Hogacre Common Eco Park at the former Corpus Christi College sports ground.

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contact: www.lowcarbonwestoxford.org.uk