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This weekend, Low Carbon West Oxford and Osney Lock Hydro are running a FREE river-themed community arts trail in West Oxford, the West Oxford Midsummer Meander. To coincide with West Oxford Fun Day, the weekend is part of our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Osney Lock Hydro: Unlocking The Power of Our River’ project.
20 locations have signed up to host art installations, and the creations will be on show from 10am to 8pm on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July.  Highlights include:


  • Plastic waste river life made by students at West Oxford Community Primary School with community artist Groovy Su, on display at Osney Lock Hydro
  • A series of ‘ENOUGH’ installations to echo the original red letters used during the 2007 floods, including one made from plastic collected from the local river, on display at Tumbling Bay Cafe, and another listing local endangered river species at Kingfisher Corner
  • A river-themed grafitti board at WOCA by the fabulous Mani in collaboration with West Oxford Woodcraft pioneers
  • A whole host of as yet unveiled river-themed creations made by, and displayed by, local residents especially for the weekend
    We believe the trail will prove a great opportunity for photos and hope to raise awareness locally of the power, value and vulnerability of our local river.
Further details and a downloadable map of the trail at www.lowcarbonwestoxford.org.uk/river
Contact: Mim Saxl, 07932073091, mim@lcwo.org.uk

Image: ENOUGH created from an evening’s plastic fishing in the Thames.  Greenpeace UK and the University of Exeter recently conducted a survey of plastic waste in UK rivers, and the Thames came top of the list for plastic pollution.  See https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/plastics_v08.pdf for the full report.

Our original press release, introducing the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Osney Lock Hydro: Unlocking The Power of Our River’: Press release

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