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
 June 2019

Hi All, 
Watching BBC Springwatch recently a member of the public came up with a phrase that struck a chord with many....
"Saving the planet is not that hard
You've just got to start in your own backyard".

So have a go at something that might make a difference. Below, there are lots of green events highlighted.....whether interested in electric vehicles (bikes too), the Oxford Green Week events, the greening of your small or large business, encouraging hedgehogs or taking an interest in the community woodland and orchard. 

And talking of backyards .....check out BBC Gardenwatch...who want our help with The Biggest Citizen Science Project Yet. This ambitious project would love us to feedback.... no matter how small or big our plot.....a window box or perhaps Blenheim Estate?  

Find out what we're all about at the Razz Ma Tazz in front of the Town Hall or just drop by for a chat. 

A good summer to you all,   Hilary Brown  Chair of Sustainable Woodstock.

Visit Sustainable Woodstock
at the Razz Ma Tazz

Find out what we've been doing, make suggestions or just have a chat. ........we'll be near the Town Hall. If you think you might like to volunteer for certain tasks in the Community Woodland or Orchard or you'd like to conduct a wildlife or wildflower survey...come and chat with us? 

It's an all-around-town event with table top sales for residents, shops, cafes, restaurants, businesses and other organisations. 
Participation fees go to three local charities: The Ormerod Centre at The Marlborough Schools; Friends of the Museum; and ROSY (Respite care for Oxfordshire's Sick Youngsters)

Encouraging & Caring for Hedgehogs in Woodstock
Monday June 10th  10 am. 

On June 10th the Woodstock's Natural History Society have arranged for Huw Warwick, the well known hedgehog expert, to visit and give advice on how we might encourage and care for hedgehogs in Woodstock. If you're  interested in joining them please contact Jenny Atkinson  01993811138 or email  They will be meeting Huw in the St. Mary's churchyard at 10.00 a.m.

More and more businesses are committing to sustainability and to cleaner and greener business models and supply chains. Have you heard about Oxfordshire Greentech,  a business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire. Launched in February 2019, they can bring together businesses and organisations to encourage innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer, to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon future in Oxfordshire and the world.  If you're a business or interested you can subscribe to receive regular news and updates on Oxfordshire Greentech events. See below for a list of the upcoming FREE events.

Calendar of GreenTech Events 2019
Check if you need to register
A range of upcoming Oxfordshire Greentech events, designed to help grow Oxfordshire's low-carbon economy.  Visit for more details and to register. 

15th  June Oxford Electric Vehicle Show  
See above for Details

3rd July Creating sustainable and innovative business models*  

Banbury Museum, 9:30am – 12:30pm

9thJuly The role of innovation for social enterprises* 

The Old Fire Station, Oxford, 8:30am – 12:30pm
18th July Innovation and sustainability for the Built Environment
The Eco Business Centre, NW Bicester, 9am – 2pm
12th September What is the circular economy and how can you start to implement it?*
Oxford TBC 

27th September OxFutures Annual Conference
Oxford Town Hall, 9.30-16:00

16th October  Access to finance for innovative SMEs*  
Harwell Campus TBC

These events are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme.

Oxford Electric Vehicle Show

15 June 2019 | 10am – 5pm   Broad Street, Oxford 

The electrification of our mobility is now a hot topic as we transition away from burning fossil fuels (which are polluting our air, damaging our health and our planet) to cleaner, greener, zero emission vehicles. Manufacturers are racing to electrify all their models and the choice is improving each year. At the 2019 Oxford Electric Vehicle Show, they hope to have the majority of the current available models on show, with both the local dealerships and existing owners on hand to answer your questions. There will be a wide selection of electric cars, vans, e-bikes & mopeds, together with associated services like charging, servicing and financing. 

The UK Government has banned new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, but there’s growing pressure to bring this forward to 2032. Oxford has set a target to have zero emission transport in the City by 2030 with a Zero Emission Zone, with a gradual roll out starting in 2020.

Oxford Electric Vehicle Show is organised by Go Green Autos, Oxford City Council, and Oxfordshire Greentech

Oxford's Big Green Day Out 2019
Saturday 8th June (yes same as Razz)
Green Week June 8th - June 16th

The Big Green Day Out kicks off Oxford Green Week. Lots going on all 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.    
Community Orchard Update
Happy to report that all the fruit trees survived last year's hot summer. Not by luck but as a result of the help we had from volunteers who watered during those hot months. If you walk through the orchard now, you'll see we've been checking for pests, ensuring they aren't inundated by the surrounding grasses that compete for the water and nutrients and we've been mulching see photos below). Thanks to the volunteers who helped us plant and to those who sponsored the heritage fruit trees in the Community Orchard. 72% of the trees are now sponsored so there are still a few left if you'd like to sponsor. If you'd like to sponsor or volunteer occasionally in the orchard get in touch by emailing us. 

Have you thought about a fruit tree for your own garden? A fruit tree filters the air, conditions the soil, provides shade, shelters wildlife, and attracts pollinators to your garden. And there are no transport impacts when growing fruit in your own garden. You can have all  for very low cost and a relatively small amount of annual maintenance.   For a map, see the woodland page







Allotment Plots Now Available in Woodstock. 

Gardening is good for your health and your wellbeing and can be good for your social life too. And of course can provide you and your family with fresh fruit and vegetables over the year. You can choose to garden organically and avoid ingesting chemicals that are likely to be present on shop bought fruit and vegetables. 

Woodstock Allotment Association

The waiting list for new applications is now open to people living in Woodstock. The rents are reasonable, water is available on site and all plot holders are made members of the National Allotment Society where items such as seeds, etc. can be bought at discounted rates.  If you are interested you can apply to the Town Hall or directly 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?

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


"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

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