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The Thornbury Community Orchard is now on a more formal footing, as we now have a contract with South Gloucestershire Council. There are regular pruning and tree-care sessions, as described on the Orchard page.
The AGM on 24 June elected a new treasurer and chair. It was agreed to not charge for membership in 2015-16. There will be a meeting on Wednesday September 24th to discuss how we move forward.
Thornbury’s very successful Community Composting site is saved from the threat of closure. South Gloucestershire Council proposed to withdraw funding and close the site down to save money.
The composters had a plan to cut the cost from £130,000 to around £10,000. Their plan still needs Council support until the new arrangements can be put into place, and other sources of funding can be found.
The Community Composters have been giving a wonderful service to the gardeners of the Thornbury area for years. They turn tons of local garden waste into valuable compost in a way that is environment friendly. The Composters are also an important part of the success of Thornbury in Bloom.
Alan Pinder of Sustainable Thornbury said, “South Gloucestershire Council owned the machinery to process the waste. The Council has recently retired or sold off its machinery to save money. Since then, instead of composting locally, the garden waste has been taken by lorry to a commercial composter in Wiltshire and the compost brought back by lorry. This is very expensive and bad for the environment.
“We know there are better ways of doing this, and we want Community Composting to carry on in Thornbury. If the Council pulls the plug to save a few thousand pounds it would be very hard to get things started up again. The Composting team work very hard and they deserve better than this.”
We had front page coverage in the Gazette, and our pressure helped the Council on 5th November to resolve to support the Thornbury Composters with £10,000 for one year. Sustainable Thornbury has offered to help the composters set up the new arrangements.
REG Windpower wanted to build two big wind turbines close to the junction of the M4 and the M48 near Olveston, but South Gloucestershire Council has turned it down. Sustainable Thornbury supports the project. Here are the reasons we support this wind farm proposal. The planning application (no. PT12/4071/F) can be seen on the South Gloucestershire Council website. The developers may choose to appeal, so all is not lost.
We still have no large wind turbines in South Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity project in Gaunts Earthcott is the only one so far to receive planning permission, and that has yet to be built. There are other wind farms using smaller turbines.
A Year of Giving and Taking in Thornbury
Thanks to our generosity of spirit and reluctance to throw out perfectly good "stuff", here in Thornbury we have taken steps to saving nearly one item every day from our rubbish bins over the last year. Thornbury Give-n-Take was launched on http://www.mythornbury.co.uk/ at Sustainable Thornbury's 2012 Eco-fair, and has been steadily building in popularity. It was set up by My Thornbury as part of their website, and we are extremely grateful to them for this.
It's a simple idea – if you have something taking up space that feels too good to bin, post it up on Give-n-Take, and see if someone else would like it. You won't make any money, but it'll save you the bother of getting rid of it, and you gain both the space and the satisfaction of making someone else's day!
You can even use Give-n-take to request an item that could be gathering dust in another Thornbury loft or garage. Items don't even have to be working - if you think your broken whatnot might be useful to someone, list it and find out. Give n Take can be used for items not acceptable to charity shops, such as electrical and electronic goods, furniture, plants, food, building materials and car parts. The taker takes 'as seen' and entirely at their own risk. Items must be offered free, and usually the person taking the item collects. All items must be legal.
Since Give-n-take began, over 350 items have been posted as offers or wants, from chest freezers to Star Trek fact files, and even a kitchen sink!
To join in the fun, visit http://www.mythornbury.co.uk/ and click on Give-n-take.
You can see and download the Give n take poster.
ST also has a Yahoo group called SustThornbury, which is an opportunity to exchange ideas and chat with other ST members. To join click on the graphic below. You need to be signed up to Yahoo groups, which you will be if you are on Freecycle.
Click to join the Sustainable Thornbury Facebook group
At the last AGM, the members decided ST membership should continue to be free. Please join if you want to hear about and support what we are doing.
We thank solar panel installer Ethical Solar for donating £1000.
South Gloucestershire Council has generously given us more grants of over £1000 under their community grant scheme and environmental grant scheme, and is our partner in the Energy-Smart Homes Trail. We are very grateful for their support. The grants were to help with a range of running costs, including organising the EcoFair and the Community Supported Agriculture scheme. The Energy-Smart Homes Trail is also supported by a generous grant from the Energy Savings Trust.
Sustainable Thornbury is a community group focussed on the market town of Thornbury and the surrounding area in South Gloucestershire, England. We are concerned about global warming and peak oil, so we are trying to make our town more sustainable. We are a Transition Initiative. More ...
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We sometimes have public talks, film shows and discussions for anyone who wants to know more about climate change, energy, food, waste, transport and related topics.
Most of our projects and campaigns are run by working groups. We get together most months, usually in the evenings, for the whole group and for each of the working groups. If you would like to come to meetings and help out, please contact us. A list of planned meetings and events is on our Diary dates page.