Local Groups (CAGs)
COMMUNITY ACTION GROUPS (CAGS) cagoxfordshire.org.uk/ Community Action Groups (CAG) Oxfordshire consists of over 80 groups across Oxfordshire who are at the forefront of community-led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy, biodiversity and social justice. Started in 2001, the network is the largest of its kind in the UK. The CAG team provide free day-to-day support to the network members.
Sustainable Blewbury sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/ Extensive information about current and past activities over 25 years. There aren’t many current activities at the moment! Recently we have been thermal imaging local houses and providing reports for the owners, and the hedge laying group has tidied up the Coffin Way hedge that they laid several years ago. We organised a DIY leaf clearing event in November – people were brilliant – families turned out to do the worst parts of the footpaths, before the Parish Council gravelled. And we have almost finished a new information board for the Cleve. We did some apple juicing in September/October and ran the Blewbury Garden Market produce stall for several weeks. And there will be a new Newsletter soon.
Blewbury Energy Initiative: blewbury.co.uk/energy/ This has not been updated for some time, but a lot of the information about Global warming, Green energy issues and what you can do to save energy is still very valid.
Abingdon Carbon Cutters: abingdoncarboncutters.org.uk/ Very active and large local group: register to receive their emailed monthly newsletter, news about monthly meetings (usually including a speaker) etc.
Sustainable Wantage: sustainablewantage.org.uk/ Another large active group, with many activities like their Market Garden (run jointly with Style Acre and OCC). And Wilding Wantage’s green spaces boosts local biodiversity in the town.
During lockdown, they have concentrated their efforts on delivering surplus food to the local community, prioritising those in most need – you can find out more on The Mix Community Fridge page of their website. They use surplus food from supermarkets to make free food Goody bags for collection by those who need them. And their Repair Cafe techs are fixing up old laptops to pass on to students and school children needing a device for learning from home.
Sustainable Harwell: sustainable-harwell.uk/ is a fairly new group, now well established, with projects including New Houses, Cycling, Trees and Recycling.