Oxfordshire Project on Reducing Energy Use
Who can be against keeping a warm home in the winter and saving money doing it? Improved insulation and the use of energy efficient appliances, solar panels, ground heat pumps and the like offer ways of achieving these aims, by reducing household energy use. To promote these aims the Group is planning to take part in the Oxfordshire Eco-renovation Project (OEP) being run by the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and the Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN). Some 200-300 householders are being recruited across the county who will form a “Club” to receive a support service, including information, the loan of smart meters, discounted micro-generation installations and advice. In return the Club members will be encouraged to renovate their homes to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, recording what they consume and release month by month.
To launch the Project, Sally Harper talked on “Achieving a Low Carbon Home” in the Village Hall on Tuesday 24 November followed by an introduction to the Project by David Evans Roberts who is taking the lead for the Environment Group. Please get in touch with David on 836839 if you are interested in taking part.
Orchard and Fruit Tree Survey
For much of the year the project to record the number and species of apple and other fruit trees in the village has been going ahead led by Alison Bloomfield, whose idea it was. This culminated in a very successful Apple Day held at the Red Lion on 18 October. The survey recorded some 600 fruit trees, 338 being apples: Paul Chilton being able to identify the variety for 196 of these. This gave a total of 43 known species of apple trees in the village with 36% of households having fruit trees. As some notable gardens and orchards still have to be surveyed the work is continuing.
River Thames Talk
We had a well attended and successful talk by Steve Capel-Davies on 3 November. Steve took us from the headwaters of the Thames down to the Pool of London, describing past and present activities and the people involved in them. Basket making, transport by barges, mills, boatbuilding, floods, fisheries and docks all came into it. It is strange that we don’t think of Brightwell cum Sotwell as a Thames-side parish and yet part of our northern boundary is some 8km of the river!
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