Abingdon Carbon Cutters
30 East St Helen St Abingdon OX14 5EB Oxfordshire United Kingdom [Map]
We have been a Community Action Group since 2008, working in and around Abingdon to help reduce the carbon footprint of Abingdon in response to climate change, promote a sustainable and resilient lifestyle for our town as fossil fuel stocks decline, and promote Abingdon as a Transition town.
We have created two ‘Bee Beds’ with annual & perennial flowers in Abbey Meadow, with the consent of Vale Of White Horse District Council, and an “Edible Abingdon” vegetable bed which encourages passers-by to pick their own. In 2016 Edible Abingdon started to grow vegetables, salad and herbs in the centre of town in recycling boxes outside a care home, Old Station House. With the help of Abingdon Naturalists and the Green Gym we have created a glorious Wild Flower Maze on Abbey Meadow.
We promote healthy eating & home cooking using local & seasonal ingredients. We organise Apple Days & loan juicing / pasteurising equipment to local schools & the community, including drop-in sessions in the Community Shop for two weeks in the Autumn.
A group facilitates weekly cooking sessions at South Abingdon Children’s Centre for parents & children, producing lunch from ingredients from the Food Bank. We share ideas & skills, & experiment to put together tasty meals from scratch using limited, ‘left over’ ingredients. This project gives people ideas on how to save money on their food, reduces waste & develops relationships between local people. We also run weekly cooking sessions with Caldecott Primary School enabling children to independently create a meal for their family & learn some cooking skills.
Also at Caldecott School, we have worked with the school & the local community, with financial support from a variety of local organisations, to produce “Caldecott Meadow”, a natural learning environment with an orchard, a wildflower meadow, a native hedge, a hazel spiral and a birch coppice. The children make “bug hotels” and enjoy “forest school”. We also have a project with Larkmead School in which priorities are decided by the children. Developing gardening skills; growing vegetables; extending a gardening project – becoming part of the curriculum for some pupils.
We have worked with Abingdon Town Council to establish an Environment Working Group. Abingdon Town Council have now committed to ‘reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020’ & ‘aim to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 by following a programme of energy reduction, carbon offsetting within our town and using renewable energy’. Our energy group formed a community project to take forward a plan to build a hydro-electric scheme at Abingdon weir.
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, usually at St Ethelwold’s House (see address), when we have speakers, a film or a practical workshop.