Sustainable Woodstock

We aim to raise public awareness among the residents of Woodstock and beyond on the issues of climate change, energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, bio-diversity, sustainable economics and respect for the planet. 
We are working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, local schools and churches, Blenheim Palace and the Farmers Market and the Woodstock trade association, Wake Up to Woodstock


Welcome to Sustainable Woodstock's
Home and News Page

To learn more about Sustainable Woodstock go to "About Us" page

To read Hilary's monthly news digest read on below:-
 or  Go direct to the Sustainable Woodstock Noticeboard for more info

Schools Strike for Action on Climate Change.  Colin Carritt, SusWoo Vice-chair, on why the striking schoolkids are heros

Sustainable Woodstock News
 May 2019

Hi All,
There is much to divert our attention at the moment but well done all of those who used their own time to bring Climate Change to everyone's attention in London and elsewhere.  Climate Change  must remain a global focus ...which means us too.

This time, we highlight the TV programme Climate Change - The Facts, Oxford Green Week and the Big Green Oxford Day Out (sadly the same day as Woodstock's Razz Ma Tazz) and we're encouraging you to feedback to the Woodstock Plan before you lose the chance to make a difference to future community developments. 

We're reminding organisers to stop using single-use plastic when organising events and have  several updates on Plastic Free Community, our Community Orchard and the results of our Litter Pick.

Don't forget World Environment Day on June 5th 
Best wishes everyone,   Hilary Brown  Chair of Sustainable Woodstock.

Woodstock's Environment
 Future Community Needs - Consultation ?
Deadline for Return 14 May 

Some of you might have already fed back your ideas for consideration to Community First at Some ideas might be achievable, some may be for future developments and some long-term projects.  The town needs to also react to the climate change crisis and become a zero emitter of carbon so one project could be to consider an energy-linked community network. A local energy grid that generates green energy within the community and shared locally. We don't know if green energy generation in the form of solar panels and air-source heat pumps are proposed for the new housing development but they should be and many houses and businesses have excess solar that can be shared locally instead of being put back into the grid. Is this something we should be proposing?  There are already examples where green energy is generated and shared intelligently in the community. Oxford Low Carbon Hub   

You should pass on your ideas/comments by filling in the survey posted to everyone or you can fill in electronic version by following link at You can also email ideas to   

Plastics Free Woodstock? 
Email us
for your Plastics Free Community Business Toolkit 
Did you know that 50% of us are still asking for bags at the Coop  
 ..... shame on us.
Events in Woodstock
Try to ensure your events are single-use plastic free 

Let's see if we can reward your business with a Plastic Free Champion certificate. We'll soon be visiting or revisiting your businesses, schools, etc to see how many changes have been made .... sharing problems and good news. What changes have you made to reduce your use of single-use plastic?

Ready for Oxford's Big Green Day Out 2019? 
Saturday 8th June
Green Week June 8th - June 16th

The Big Green Day Out kicks off Oxford Green Week. Oxford Green Week's theme is One Planet Living, in recognition of the One Planet Oxfordshire project. One Planet Living  is a vision of a world where people enjoy happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. Right now, if the rest of world lived as the average UK citizen does, we would need over three planets to support our way of life. We don’t have three planets – we only have one.   

Extinction Rebellion XR What does it Mean? 
Climate Change - the Facts

The public are waking up to the scale of the climate change crisis and pressure is now growing on politicians to act. Thanks to all those climate change activists who have sent their own time trying to speed up effective change that will make a difference to all our futures. If you think you don't understand climate change, how it affects us all and what we should all do now, then watch the recent David Attenburgh programme Climate Change - the Facts. Set aside, just an hour of your time to watch this programme that shows the result of inaction but what actions we can do to ensure that we and future generations have a future. 

The Time to act is NOW

Woodstock's Litter Pick 2019

116 Woodstock participators
171 hours  spent cleaning up 

82 waste bags collected + large items that could not be bagged.
Click Thank You from GB Spring Clean

A good way to recycle in the community, make a bit of cash, locate a bit of treasure and have some fun visiting table tops as well as all the Woodstock shops, cafes, and restaurants.

It's an all-around-town event with table top sales for residents, shops, cafes, restaurants, businesses and other organisations. There will be specialist markets: Antiques, Decorative Objects & Vintage in St Mary Magdalene’s Church; Crafts & Jewellery Makers in The Bear Hotel; and Food & Drink Makers on Park Street.  

in Woodstock

Let's make sure the hedgehog, the UK's only spiny mammal, remains a common and familiar part of British life. We know hedgehogs are in trouble.....we've lost a third of all hedgehogs since the millennium
Hedgehogs love gardens, and fortunately there are around half a million hectares of garden in the UK. Hedgehogs need access to lots of gardens to survive, so we encourage everyone to unite by linking your garden if you can. 
Link your garden....ensuring hedgehogs pass freely through your garden is the most important thing you can do to help them. 
Become a Hedgehog Champion by registering with Hedgehog Street where you'll find loads of helpful hints

"Buy a Long Life Fairtrade Bag"

Sustainable Woodstock bags available from Mary & Martin's newsagent, our Post Office, Hampers and mnay other outlets.
If you'd like some for your business email us at 
Sustainable Woodstock.



Oxfordshire Museum, King's Arms & The Woodstock Bookshop

for Offering Water Refills.

Helping us kick the plastic

Join the Refill Revolution!

Refill is an award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to reuse and refill your bottle instead of buying a new one.

If you are a Woodstock business and wish to offer refills go online . If you're feeling inspired, download the Refill app and make refilling the new normal!

Producing bottled water creates 500 times more CO2 than tap water. That’s why Refill Oxford has created a network of Refill stations where you can fill up your water bottle for free to reduce plastic pollution. Look out for a business with Refill stickers. There are now over 14 thousand Refill stations all over the UK and if Woodstock restaurants, schools, cafes or pubs would like to sign up to be a Refill station and help reduce plastic pollution just email and they'll do the rest.

Refill Oxford is part of City to Sea’s national campaign to promote the use of free tap water to reduce plastic waste. In Oxford, there is a network of nearly 150 Refill stations in places such as cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, bus stations, hospitals, community centres and hairdressers all over the city. So now you can refill your water bottles whenever you need to, rather than buying a new plastic bottle. 

Save money, stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution at source by using the free Refill App on the go, OR look for the Refill droplet in shop windows. This will dramatically reduce the use of the billions of single-use plastic water bottles bought in the UK every year. 

Be Prepared & Quit Idling

This winter remember to take a coat, hat and gloves the next time you know you will be sitting in a car for a while so that you can turn off the engine. The smoke and fumes you can see are bad enough but it's the gases you can't see that are doing even more damage to you and the environment. 
Around our schools, our streets, our shops and just about everywhere..... please cut your engine. 
Remember.....Drivers who don't cut their engines are actually breaking the law and risk being fined.

Invest in Green Energy?

If you're looking for investments
you may be interested in the Community Energy Fund. 

Low Carbon Hub wants to strengthen and grow community owned energy in Oxfordshire. Energy that's good for people, and good for the planet. Join almost a thousand like-minded investors and put your money to work tackling climate change.
- Earn up to 5% interest on your investment* - capped at 4% for the first four years of investment
- Help fund more solar panels on schools and organisations across                     Oxfordshire
- Keep money in the local economy through community ownership
- Tackle the global issue of climate change on a local level
- 100% of our surpluses support further local action on climate change
                                                 WATCH THE VIDEO 


Sponsor a Tree in our Community Orchard? 
Over 50% now sponsored. You can sponsor a tree as a group, with friends, colleagues. You will receive a certificate and can dedicate if you wish. 
How to Pay?
Costs £30 (single payment)
1) BACS payment.  
2) Cheque   
For details contact as below. 
Questions ? Call 01993 811975 or email for the Bluebells

 Woodstock in Bloom and Sustainable Woodstock thank all volunteers for their time....and their effort. A total of 4000 Bluebells have now been planted in the Community Woodland!

Sustainability is often defined as meeting the needs of present generations without risking the ability of futures generations to meet their own needs and should lead to a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. 
  Local actions are now influencing changes nationally and internationally and by working with our community, our projects and campaigns have a greater likelihood of success. We are interested in raising awareness on issues such as climate change