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Sustainable Wantage

The Mix Community Space, 15 Mill Street Wantage OX12 9AB Oxon United Kingdom [Map]

Sustainable Wantage is a Community Benefit Society, run by volunteers interested in lifestyles that have a lower impact on the environment and increase our resourceful and resilience as a local community. Our meetings are held at The Mix, contact Jo for more information: wantagemix@gmail.com

We have several ongoing projects:

  • The Mix Community Space: The Mix offers upcycling workshops and activities, resource swaps, skill shares, and hosts hot desking and local group meetings. Its aim is to provide practical ways to live more sustainably, and to bring our local community together, so we are more resilient in the face of economic and environmental challenges.
  • Pewit woodland which we manage on behalf of the Woodland Trust and according to their principles – only using native species, retaining public access, managing without artificial herbicides and pesticides and keeping the name Pewit (a once-common farmland bird). Cubs and scouts groups meet up there, we have a logs for labour scheme and local schools use it for Forest Schools sessions.
  • The Market Garden, a partnership between StyleAcre, Oxfordshire County Council, and Sustainable Wantage. Style Acre and OCC at The Charlton Centre provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop skills and enjoy gardening; Sustainable Wantage provides manual help and encourages community participation in the gardening activities. The aim is to bring the garden back to full, productive use in order to provide local fruit, vegetables and flowers. We have work parties on Sunday afternoons 2-4pm, and use the space for community activities such as our Spring Festival.
  • Wantage Autumn Festival, run in collaboration with Sweatbox, is an annual celebration of local food, music and apples, and happens on the Sunday nearest to national Apple Day. Much eating, drinking, music, fun and games make for a really enjoyable afternoon for all ages. Our apple press is manned throughout the afternoon, turning surplus apples into juice.
    Additionally we hold spring and autumn Freecycle Live events, manage some community planting and are creating a wildflower meadow.


Jo Harvey


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