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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.

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