Greening your money – new video resource online now
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At the beginning of May we brought 3 expert speakers together to run a pratical workshop on greening personal finances, … Read More

Beautiful butterflies about at Kingfisher Corner – plus take part in the nationwide count before 9 August
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LCWO wildlife lead Hugo and Chair Helen visited Kingfisher Corner yesterday to do the Big Butterfly Count and spotted 1 … Read More

LCWO Chair wins poetry prize
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Congratulations to our long-time Chair and coordinating committee member Helen Reid who won second prize in the Chapbook Contest 2020 … Read More

How our activities and enjoyment of them has changed under lockdown – video
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Look at this image.  It shows the change in frequency of certain familiar formerly everyday activities under lockdown, and also … Read More

Can you help with a project to suggest improvements for St Giles as a better public space?
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Would you like to contribute to ideas about better public spaces in Oxford? LCWO are looking for a member to … Read More

Low Carbon Hub webinars on the future of energy
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From our friends at the Hub: “The world may be focused on the immediate threat of coronavirus, but we feel … Read More

#BuildBackBetter bike action – nice little video
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Here’s a great short film about Saturday’s #BuildBackBetter bike action in Oxford, shot by Zoe Broughton.  

Collecting images of our streets in the time of Corona – new gallery
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We’re collecting images of our streets under lockdown.  We’re particularly keen to receive photos of the Botley Road, or other … Read More

Banks funding climate change: Barclays & HSBC worst in Europe. Plus Oxford University DIVESTS!
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Ahead of our expert-led Zoom webinar workshop THIS SATURDAY, ‘Understanding how our money choices impact the climate’ (sign up HERE), … Read More

Streets in the time of Corona – complete this speedy questionnaire!
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The Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) is interested in your experience of the streets during these unusual … Read More

Why retrofit? And how can LCWO support you with it?
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The way we heat and light our homes has a huge impact on our carbon emissions. In fact, residential buildings … Read More

Volunteer at our REPAIR CAFE on Feb 8th – can you spare an hour? No experience necessary!
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Dear LCWO volunteers, We have got some great repairers volunteering their skills a week on Saturday to fix our household … Read More

I want you to start your Christmas list now. And some other ways to cut waste.
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Recycling is important.  But as we’re becoming increasingly aware, it’s by no means the ‘answer’ to the environmental challenges we … Read More

National housebuilder has joined forces with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
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Great news from LCWO partner Hugh Warwick of HedgeOx, as Bovis Homes, a national housebuilder, has joined forces with the … Read More

Beat the waste this winter: make your own crackers and get busy for the birds!
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As we mentioned in an earlier post, we got a shock when we discovered our photo of a small plastic … Read More

3 things you can do for local wildlife this weekend
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Our friends at Earthwatch’s Naturehood project (currently running in the Florence Park and Marston parts of the city) have identified … Read More

Read the CoHSAT reponse to the Connecting Oxford consultation here
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Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) Connecting Oxford response – October 2019 This response is made on behalf … Read More

Quick round-up of truly inspiring stuff from XR October Rebellion this week
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Some deeply inspiring stuff happening in London this week at the XR October Rebellion.  Here are a few examples – … Read More

Action on Climate Together (ACT) Now – The Beginning
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This piece was written by LCWO Trustee Alison Mathias for publication in The Sprout. On Saturday 5 October I went … Read More

West Oxford Tree Planting update – plant trees on November 24th!
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Thanks to the 30+ people who came along to the tree planting planning meeting, following our ACT Now workshop, on … Read More

Wonderful film by Greta & George: Protect, Restore, Fund – come to our tree planting planning meeting to find out how!
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 Come and get active locally with tree planting. Info meeting 12-1pm on Saturday October 5th at WOCA.

Thanks to everyone who came along to last night’s ACT Now drop-in
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Members of 15 local households dropped in to our ‘Come and find out more about the ACT Now programme’ last … Read More

Feasting hogs on Oatlands Road – video
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Since making a good hog hole in their fence in Oatlands Road, Helen & Hugo have had nightly visitors this … Read More

ACT Now programme: hypocrites welcome!
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This article came out the same week that the LCWO committee sat discussing how we make it clear that our … Read More

Useful graphics collection – concept: circular economy
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We’ll be posting useful graphics on the blog, as another shared resource.  These images are great depictions of the circular … Read More

One more week to see ‘Holding against extremes: Mothering and making in a time of climate emergency’
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If you have not made time to pop into the Oxford Playhouse this month to see the exhibitions from Oxford’s … Read More

Florence Park Tree Trail flies off the shelves!
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This spring, I received funding from Oxford City Council through its Green Neighbourhood Grant scheme to design and print a … Read More

6 things we can all start doing today – an empowering pamphlet for kids
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LCWO has been working closely with partners to support young children in the face of climate change.  Part of this … Read More

Get the OLS lowdown on the Botley Road Corridor Improvements
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Danny Yee has written a detailed response to the consultation on Botley Road Corridor Improvements.  See it here on the … Read More

LCWO hits Bonn Square on #CleanAirDay2019 #CleanerOutThanIn – photos
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Annoying mistake from me in saying 9-12% higher when it is actually 9-12 TIMES higher – and we’re Low Carbon … Read More

TODAY: see our art installation 11am-2pm in Bonn Square for CLEAN AIR DAY!
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Pop by and say hi – and take a selfie while you’re there 🙂   Info about our action here and … Read More

Bill McKibben calls on us all to find our point of maximum leverage
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Last Friday, Bill McKibben began his address at Lady Margaret Hall with a description of his father, when he found … Read More

Osney residents: your chance for glory as the West Oxford Energy Challenge returns this July!
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Remember last summer’s West Oxford Climate Challenge? Well, if you live on Osney, this summer is YOUR chance to take … Read More

Clean Air Day 2019 – we’ll be in Bonn Square filling a car with smoke! And we need your help…
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Next Thursday is Clean Air Day 2019, and we’re parking a car in Bonn Square and filling it with smoke, … Read More

Spotted: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall checks out West Oxford Waitrose ‘unpackaged’ pilot
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If you read the national news or are on social media of any kind, you should have seen that yesterday … Read More

National Trust divestment resolution
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Have you been a National Trust member since at least January 2018? Would you like to see the National Trust … Read More

Greta gave me goosebumps
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A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be in the packed-out Friends House in Euston for a … Read More

Kingfisher Corner relaunch, April 27th 2019 – gallery
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Thanks to all who came to the Kingfisher Corner relaunch on a cold and rainy afternoon, and left with bird … Read More

Launching the HedgeOx Hog Hole Roll of Honour!
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The spring we have teamed up with author, ecologist and hedgehog obsessive Hugh Warwick and his campaign to save Oxfordshire’s … Read More

Volunteer at our next Bring & Take, and please don’t bring us your rubbish!
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Our fab spring edition Bring & Take is fast approaching and we’re on the lookout for volunteers to help the … Read More

Kingfisher Corner update – brambles cut back, management plan and relaunch!
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Last October, LCWO commissioned an ecological survey of Kingfisher Corner, to get an up-to-date picture of the state of the … Read More

What we learnt from the West Oxford Energy Challenge – top picks from Dr Phil Grunewald’s ‘Joys (and sorrows) of energy use’
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On Monday night, whilst exciting things were afoot in Oxford Town Hall with the Oxford City Council vote to unanimously … Read More

WE DID IT! Oxford City Council votes unanimously to declare a #climateemergency
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Yes.  Last night history was made in Oxford Town Hall when Oxford City Council voted unanimously to support a motion … Read More

URGENT – act now for important Council vote on Monday 28th
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On Monday 28th January, Oxford City Council will vote on two important motions. One is on climate change (and involves … Read More

Are you an introvert? Activism needs you – but you probably knew that!
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If we’re to create the positive future so many of us hope for, and one in which climate change and … Read More

Delicious picks of the season from Cultivate [warning: this post might cause your tummy to rumble, best not read in the office]
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Whatever your food plans this January, it’s worth reducing meat and dairy wherever you can, as highlighted by the IPCC … Read More

Five ways to help people reduce their meat intake – without them noticing
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Giving people all the info they need about the environmental, ethical and health reasons for reducing their meat intake is … Read More

LCWO’s December newsletter is here
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Catch up on the latest from us here.

Struggling to ditch meat? Here are five ways to resist the temptation
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For those of you looking towards a 2019 with less meat and finding the idea daunting, The Conversation has this … Read More

How do you market meat and how about a plastic-free zone? Our new letter to local supermarkets
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Thanks to LCWO committee member Ruth (with input from newest volunteer Helen and other committee members) for pulling together this … Read More

Last night a DJ saved my life…
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… or gave me hope, at least! Pootling back from a meeting last night, I happened across Dev, a Radio … Read More

Palm Oil boycott could make deforestation WORSE, so what’s the answer?
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Have you seen the heart-rending Iceland Christmas advert which was ‘banned’ earlier this month, prompting an outcry? Here it is: … Read More

Notes from the Tumbling Bay Fish Pass meeting 15 November at WOCC
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For those of you who are interested but couldn’t make the meeting last Thursday, here are some handy notes taken … Read More

Caitlin’s award-winning vegan apple cake!
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Well that was fun! Thank you to those of you who cam along to Beet the Waste ii at the … Read More

Nominate your street for the world’s first ‘pop-up’ electric vehicle charging points
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[via Oxford City Council] The city of Oxford has been awarded £474,000 to become the first city in the world … Read More

Please don’t ignore our next email – plus we’ve updated our privacy and data protection policy
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I n preparation for the changes to data protection regulation on May 25, with the enforcement of the new General … Read More

LCWO’s new collection of favourite waste-to-funky-useful-thing projects
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On the eve of our Spring Bring & Take, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite upcycle/reuse projects and … Read More

Is a cable car the answer to Botley Road travel woes…?
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A cable car has recently been suggested as one possible answer to our city’s (and Botley Road’s, in particular) traffic … Read More

Share your tips for living without plastic!
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How do you avoid unnecessary plastic in your everyday life? Sign in and comment below. Here are some links to … Read More

No need to bin the junk – make Christmas Crackers to keep
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One thing which always bugs me about Christmas is the contents of Christmas crackers.  Once again, my daughter merrily pulled … Read More

More than 750 have their say on Zero Emission Zone proposals – find out how they voted here!
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News just in – a press release from Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council – which includes a breakdown … Read More

Dutch inspiration for a wintry Monday morning…
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… as opposed to Dutch courage – not what we suggest to start the week. Hopefully many of you will … Read More

Why buy when you can borrow? Coming soon: the Oxford Library of Things
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  We are big fans of shared resources.  After all, why buy something when you can borrow it ??  Especially … Read More

New fancy lookin’ November newsletter now online
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We have just transferred all our contacts to Mailchimp, and tonight I pressed ‘send’ on the first newsletter.  If you … Read More

Stuffed mini pumpkins – not just good for halloween [September – November]
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Once again, it’s that pumpkin time of the year, when thousands of pumpkins are bought and loved – and then … Read More

Briam [August – October]
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A seriously tasty dish hailing from Crete, which warms us with memories of the summer sun through its use of … Read More

LCWO Newsletter Summer 2017
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Catch up on our latest news, including plans for our tenth anniversary and a warm ‘hello’ from LCWO’s new Lead … Read More

Website update ongoing – bear with us!
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We are currently tinkering with the website to update it, so please bear with us if you notice anything funny!

Introducing our new Lead Programme Manager
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Hi there! My name is Mim Saxl and I’m the new Lead Programme Manager for Low Carbon West Oxford. A … Read More

LCWO Newsletter December 2016
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LCWO’s latest newsletter covers:  the health impacts of living in a damp home and information about support available in Oxford … Read More

LCWO Newsletter June 2016
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LCWO’s latest newsletter is now available as part of the West Oxford Community Association newsletter but is shown here as … Read More

How clean is our air?
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The harmful impact of air pollution on health has been known for some time.   Air pollution has been linked to … Read More

Community energy share offer 2016
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Let’s power up Oxfordshire with community-owned renewable energy The Low Carbon Hub, now in its fifth year, has launched a … Read More

LCWO newsletter April 2016
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LCWO’s latest newsletter is now available as part of the West Oxford Community Association newsletter but is shown here as … Read More

How green is your supermarket?
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Low Carbon West Oxford recently held an open meeting called ‘How Green is your Supermarket’ to find out what our … Read More

The Paris Climate Deal: words are not enough
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World leaders will be judged by their deeds not by their words Last month (December 2015) the leaders of 200 … Read More

West Oxford Community Survey
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Towards the end of October we delivered a community survey in hard copy to all residents in  West Oxford to … Read More

Highlights of the ‘For the love of …..’ lobby
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The best bits It was a sunny day on 17th June when 9,000 people from around the UK came to … Read More

For the love of …… all that we hold dear
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On 17th June about 9,000 people went to Westminster to lobby their MPs to help protect all the things they … Read More

Hydro and Hogacre Walk 18th June 2015
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Osney Lock Hydro As part of Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 we are leading a walk to see the Osney … Read More

For the love of ……..
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Speak up for the things you love that could be lost to climate change The things we love are threatened … Read More

Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 highlights
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From 13-21 June Oxford will be buzzing with lots of fun events and activities designed to inspire local people to … Read More

Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 calendar of events
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Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 has something for everyone.  This What’s On guide will help you make the most of … Read More

Low Carbon Oxford Week 13-21 June 2015
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Low Carbon Oxford (LCO) Week was a huge hit in 2014 and it’s back again this year with even more … Read More

Bring and Take Saturday 9th May 2015
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Our twice-yearly swap shop for residents of West Oxford is happening tomorrow at the West Oxford Community Centre.   Residents can … Read More

Question your election candidates on environmental issues
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A climate change hustings is being held on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall. … Read More

What the election means for climate & energy policy
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Experts give their views In two weeks voters go to the polls in one of the closest-fought and least predictable … Read More

What the manifestos say on climate and energy
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Carbon Brief tracks manifesto promises The UK’s closest election in a generation is now only two weeks away.   Carbon Brief … Read More

Energy efficiency commitments in election manifestos
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Low Carbon West Oxford is a supporter of the Energy Bill Revolution (EBR), campaigning for warm homes and lower energy … Read More

Where do local candidates stand on climate issues?
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In the run up to the election, Low Carbon West Oxford, together with Low Carbon Oxford North, has contacted the … Read More

Low Carbon West Oxford – LCWO
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LCWO was set up after the summer floods of 2007 by residents concerned about climate change and local flooding. It … Read More

Onions Baked with Cream and Parmesan [January]
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Ingredients – 4 large onions – 300ml (10fl oz) double cream – A handful of grated Parmesan – Salt and … Read More

Coleslaw [February]
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Ingredients – 1 medium carrot – ½ a medium green, white or savoy cabbage – 1 small or ½ medium … Read More

Warm pumpkin and walnut salad [October – November]
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Ingredients – 800g (2 lb) pumpkin or squash – 100g (4 oz) walnut halves – Peppery green leaves such as … Read More

Warm Cabbage, Onion and Apple Slaw [February]
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Ingredients – 1 onion (red’s fine) sliced very finely – 1 medium green or savoy cabbage, sliced thinly – 2 … Read More

Apple and Cinnamon Cake [October – December]
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Ingredients – 175g (6 oz) brown sugar – 175g (6 oz) softened butter – 175g (6 oz) self raising flour … Read More

Gazpacho [September – October]
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Ingredients – 700g (1½ lb) chopped ripe tomatoes – the riper the better – 1 cucumber peeled and chopped – … Read More

Blackcurrant and Chocolate Chip Cookies [June – July]
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Ingredients – 125g soft butter – 150g soft brown sugar (I used molasses sugar, but the sandy brown stuff works … Read More

Runner Beans in Garlic [July- September]
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Ingredients – 500g (1lb) runner beans – 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped – 25g (1 oz) butter … Read More

Courgette and Lemon Salad [August – September]
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Ingredients – 3-4 courgettes – Zest of 1 lemon, plus 2-3 tbsps of juice – Zest of 1 lime, plus … Read More

Rhubarb and Ginger Pudding [March – June]
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Ingredients – 100g (4oz) soft butter – 100g (4oz) caster sugar – 2 large free range eggs – 100g (4oz) … Read More

Swiss Chard and Couscous Gratin [April – May]
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Ingredients – 400g (14 oz) Swiss chard – Knob of butter – 100g (4 oz) couscous – 50g (2 oz) … Read More

Nutty Rhubarb Crumble Cake
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Ingredients Rhubarb 400g (scant 1 lb) rhubarb zest of 1 orange 2 tablespoons demerera sugar Topping 60g (2 oz) unsalted … Read More

Hazelnut Vinaigrette [May – October]
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Ingredients – 1 tsp chopped roasted hazelnuts – ½ tsp Dijon mustard – 1 tsp runny honey – 1tbsp chopped … Read More

West Oxford walk 18th June 2014
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Join us on a walking tour of Low Carbon West Oxford initiatives and installations on Wednesday 18th June in the … Read More

Let’s talk about climate change and local flooding
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Our first open meeting in 2014 will be on the theme of climate change and local flooding.  Join us on … Read More

It’s better by bike!
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As part of Climate Week seven of our members cycled along the Botley Road during rush hour on Friday 7th … Read More

Bring & Take event 10th May 2014
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Residents of West Oxford are invited to our Spring Bring & Take event on Saturday 10th May 2014 at West … Read More