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Sustainable Thornbury

Sustainable Thornbury

Sustainable Thornbury is a local community group, covering Thornbury and the surrounding villages.

We want to make our area more able to look after itself and be more resilient in the face of environmental challenges such as climate change and reducing resources such as oil and gas.

Amongst other things we have tackled waste, energy and food production as well as running two Ecofairs over the last few years. Our aim is to promote the well-being of everyone living and working in the area, by promoting greater local self-reliance and a more cooperative and inclusive community.

We are now embarking on a long term project to make the area more energy efficient locally by reducing energy needs and increasing energy production.

Meetings are held regularly (approximately monthly) depending on current activities.

Get in touch

Sustainable Thornbury is open to anyone who lives or works in the area and who supports our aims.

New members are always welcome.

For more information about Sustainable Thornbury, phone 01454 416778, visit www.sustainablethornbury.org or email

Climate Action Thornbury and Surroundings (CATS)

Sustainable Thornbury

Climate Action Thornbury and Surroundings (CATS) was set up as a separate subgroup of Sustainable Thornbury in the wake of the IPCC report released in October 2018 that said the world had 12 years to prevent climate catastrophe.

The group believes that Thornbury and the surrounding villages need to become carbon neutral by 2030. While this is well in advance of the UK Government's commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050, the group believes that there is no time to lose in getting started and that for our community a 2030 target is achievable.

The group will build on previous successes of Sustainable Thornbury and will step up the level of activity to a whole new order of magnitude.

We are taking a holistic approach and is creating action groups to work on:

  • energy efficiency and generation in homes and businesses
  • energy efficiency and generation in community buildings including schools and churches
  • transport
  • better conditions for all sorts of wildlife
  • food systems
  • addressing waste issues

In addition to the action groups above we will have people looking at:

  • developing a baseline and systems that enable us to measure progress
  • public engagement and campaigning

We are currently contributing to the campaign to save Vilner Lane Wood and we also want to campaign to local developers to create meaningful wildlife spaces in their developments and also to incorporate renewable energy systems into new buildings.

With the group still being new, it is a great time to become involved. Whatever your skills or particular interests we will find a way for you to help us.

Visit our facebook page to find out more: www.facebook.com/pg/climateactionthornbury, fill out the contact form on www.sustainablethornbury.org or email . We are also on twitter: https://twitter.com/climateactiont2.

Come along to the Sustainable Thornbury Green Drinks the first Wednesday of each month (except in January when it will be the second) from 7-9pm at Hawkes House.

The photo from our launch is courtesy of Stephen Bingham.

Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow

Sustainable Thornbury

Image of a male Gatekeeper Butterfly at the Meadow kindly supplied by John Mills

The RHS award winning Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow was only seeded in late October 2016. It has been met by an amazing amount of local interest and support.

The first year annuals made a great show in 2017 and the Meadow was awarded the RHS In Bloom's Monk Trophy for Best Native Planting in the South West of England.

In 2018 the sown perennials flowered such as Red Campion, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged-Robin and Meadow Buttercup. Also our self grown plug planting which includes Teasels, Foxgloves and Meadows Cranesbill. We also have some of the best yellow rattle the RHS judges have seen.

A particular triumph for 2018 was the Cuckoo Flower. Common in the surrounding streamside walk it had never appeared in the meadow, but this year appeared in abundance. It is a favourite of the Orange tip butterfly.

Sustainable Thornbury

Image of a bee collecting pollen from Mallow at the Meadow kindly supplied by John Mills

The meadow was conceived to encourage our own native flowers and the various pollinators (Bees, Bugs and Butterflies) that depend upon them.

Do come and see the meadow on the streamside walk opposite the Anchor Inn on the other side of Morton Bridge. The blossoms are in bloom April until end of August when we cut the meadow.

We are keen to encourage others with their own local wild-flower projects. Please do see our web page at www.sustainablethornbury.org/wfm/ and if you would like some advice, to volunteer or just to be kept informed e-mail and we will reply to you.

Cosy Community Places

Maggie Jeffery writes: "It’s so good to get together with friends, get to know like-minded others and make new connections right here in our community. Thornbury always seems such a friendly happy place to live and we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, groups and places to learn. I always think this variety of choice is a part of our local culture.

I’ve been thinking a lot about those community buildings that we meet up in and also the energy costs involved. We know that energy is and will be a crucial issue in the future and that costs are likely to go up. How will this affect these buildings that will be increasingly costly to run?

So I was especially excited to hear from Alan Pinder from Sustainable Thornbury about a new scheme that might just help. He said: 'We're looking for people with an interest in community buildings to talk to us about putting solar panels on the roofs. It seems there is a potential opportunity to apply for funding.' "

Anyone interested do email Alan to find out more at .

Energy Costs

Want to make your home cosier and reduce energy costs?

Want to reduce energy costs in your community building or business?

Sustainable Thornbury is beginning a long term venture to make our area more energy efficient by providing local, practical help.

We're planning an energy advice 'shop' where you can drop in for help.

We're also setting up a network of local demonstration homes where you can see what others have done to reduce energy costs in homes and businesses like yours.

We are looking for people who would be happy to share their experiences with their neighbours – if you'd like to be involved please email or ring 01454 416778.

We've made a start already at The Chantry community building in Thornbury where we are working with the Trustees to monitor energy use, do a full energy assessment and then help to find finance to make the necessary improvements which will benefit everyone.

This is going to be an exciting, long term project which welcomes new people – so if you'd like to get involved in giving everyone, and especially those in fuel poverty, a cosier, more affordable energy future, please contact us on the above email or phone.

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