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This page includes news and background information about Sustainable Thornbury.

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Annual General Meeting

The AGM this year will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 14 June at The Chantry. For details see the 2017 AGM page.

Electric Car Day

We held an Electric Car Day on Saturday 1 April 2017 to promote electric cars. We feel electric cars have come of age, and are a real, practical option for lots of people. Electric cars are more sustainable than petrol or diesel, are cheaper to run and maintain and produce no pollution and hardly any noise in the street. They look like petrol cars, but have no exhaust pipe, gears or clutch and for shorter journeys they are much more fun. If you have solar panels then you can use them to charge your car, and make your driving even cleaner.

On the morning of Electric Car Day there was a selection of electric cars and their local owners in Thornbury shopping precinct, so members of the public could talk to owners about how easy and fun they are to use, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.

Electric Car Day display  Electric Car Day - Under the bonnet  Electric Car Day - In the boot

See also the press release.

Grow Your Own Food new season open meeting

Are you one of the many people in Thornbury who try to grow some of their own food - vegetables from the allotment, apples from the orchard or just some veg or salad from a small bed or tub in your garden? No? Or yes, yes, yes! Then Grow Your Own food group may be just what you need. We have met together for almost ten years now, usually once a month on the third Thursday; sharing our knowledge about growing our own food sustainably and learning from each other. 

In March and April last year we held two successful Open Meetings. Several new people came along and stayed as part of the group. Based on what new members wanted to learn we have been enjoying visiting some of the members’ small gardens, sharing seeds and produce plus watching videos on the “No Dig Method” and “Seed Saving". We also shared a Harvest meal just before Christmas. One highlight was a trip to Barley Wood organic walled garden to be shown the gardens and green-houses by the head gardener. We are planning a return trip for 2017.

To find out if this group is for you, we invite you to come along to the 2017 New Season Open Meeting to be held at the Chantry on Thursday 30 March from 7.30-9pm. Or for more details see the Grow Your Own Food group page.


We responded to consultations by the four Councils of the old Avon area on their joint plans at a very strategic level for development and transport.

Another consultation is also under way in South Gloucestershire in the first stage of preparing their development plan.

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 Give n Take re-use website

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

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.