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This page includes news and background information about Sustainable Thornbury.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Give n Take website

Reuse and Recycle Directory

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Reuse and Recycle Directory


Community Energy talk

Community Energy Generation – the way forward?

Can we generate our energy locally – what is the best way forward to meet our electricity needs?  Sustainable Thornbury invite you to a stimulating talk about how we can meet our energy needs in the future by focussing on local generation. If you’ve got responsibility for a community building or church hall, or you are just interested in hearing the facts about how we can take control of our energy supplies, come along to the free presentation by Andy O’Brien, Director of Bristol Community Energy on Wednesday 23rd November at The Chantry, Castle St, Thornbury at 7.30pm.  Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Annual General Meeting 22 June

The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 22 June at the Chantry. See the AGM page for more details.

Skill Up Days

We have now completed our series of skills workshops in May and June of 2016, like the very successful workshops in 2010, 2011 and 2014. The workshops were open to the public, including older children accompanied by adults. Each workshop lasted 2 to 3 hours.

See also the poster and flier.

The composting workshop had to be cancelled, so we are hoping to run it at a later date. Contact us if you would like to go.

Here are some pictures of the workshops that have happened:-

Food Preservation Workshop

Bottling plums Remodelling clothes
Herbs For Healing
Herbs For Healing Workshop
Bike Maintenance Workshop

Bike Maintenance Workshop

Cosmetics from Natural Materials

Cosmetics From Natural Materials Workshop

Jewellery from Waste

Making Jewellery from Recycled Materials

We had a stall in Thornbury on Saturday 7 May to advertise the workshops.

Workshops stallWorkshop stall display

Climate March

Bristol Climate March 1

We went on the climate march in Bristol on Sunday 29 November. About 3000 people were there, asking the government and the Paris climate summit to take urgent action on climate change.

Bristol Climate March 2

See more photos.

Give & Take spreads to BANES

Bath and North East Somerset Council seems to have taken up our Give-it-away-Take-it-Away idea. They are running Give and Take days on a regular basis around their area.


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.

Thornbury's Community Composting saved

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 have 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, “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 last year 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.

Composters protest

Thornbury Give n Take re-use website

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 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 and click on Give-n-take.

You can see and download the Give n take poster.

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Facebook page and Yahoo group

ST now has a Facebook group. and a Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, you can get news from our Facebook group by joining it. Anyone can see our Facebook page.

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 SustThornbury

Click to join the Sustainable Thornbury Facebook group

Free membership

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. 

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If you want to receive our Bulletin by email, please become a member. It is sent out by email from time to time.

Background information about Sustainable Thornbury

Who we are

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 ...

What we are doing at the moment

The group is currently working on energy. We also have a Grow-your-own-Food self-help group.  More ...

If you want to receive regular news, you can get our Bulletin by email. To do this, please become a member or give us your contact details. You can also see what is happening on the What We Are Doing page, and our Facebook page.

What we have done

We have run projects and campaigns on waste, local food, energy efficiency, reducing plastic bags, developing skills and reusing goodsMore ...

Events and meetings

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 as necessary, 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.

How to join

We need more members so that we can show we have the support of local people. Membership entitles you to get our email bulletin, so please join us.