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Plastic Free Tips?

Plastic Free Tips
My better half is helping us go plastic free during Lent, and I went with her to the Monday Market this morning.
Plastic Free Tips
There is a long queue round the large fruit and veg. stall and people fill up their baskets as they go and get it all weighed and paid for at the end. I have no idea how much plastic and fuel is used to get things to the stall in the first place. So doing this won’t save the planet.
Plastic Free Tips
We got all of this for £10.50 with no plastic bags. Another things she has found is that you can take your own container to the cheese counter at Added Ingredients or Waitrose, or bottles for detergent at Added Ingredients. Milk in glass bottles is 81p a pint when delivered.

Others may have other tips to help. It seems a shame that all the health food at Holland and Barratt is in plastic bags. Frugal Food did much better but that closed many years ago. The time may have come for another Frugal Food that serves food loose.

7 Comments March 12, 2019

Mill Stream partially cleared. More work and help needed

Mill Stream partially cleared
The Mill Stream, running near the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon, had become overgrown with fallen trees, and willows, and silted up. It had not been cleared for a long time. Anglers in particular are effected and are worried that the Mill Stream, dug by the monks in the days of Abingdon Abbey, might soon be no more.

I am told that The Environment Agency (E.A.) had some budget two years ago to clear the Mill Stream, and started work, but then stopped because of some unknown objection. Now that money could have been reallocated.
Mill Stream partially cleared
Paul Gustafson has been campaigning on this issue for some years, and was dismayed when this very important work was stopped by the EA. He also spoke to the Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC), who have financed some clearance work – which was carried out last week by a contractor.
Mill Stream partially cleared
He is full of praise for VWHDC and the contractors for their efforts, but says “More work is needed to stop us loosing this stream.”
Mill Stream partially cleared
He explained the problems:
* The top end, where water enters from the Thames, is still overgrown with willows and reed beds which stop the flow of water into the Mill Stream.
* The Mill Stream is so silted up that it is no longer a good spawning ground for fish. Fish need a gravel bed.
* Blockages to flow increase the potential for flooding.
Mill Stream partially cleared
* The Mill Stream is also blocked where it flows under the Upper Reaches.

He has spoken to the Environment Agency (EA) but at the moment their spokesperson has said that navigable waterways are their priority. Paul argues that all anglers pay the EA (£27.50) for a rod license and that money should be put back into angling, and sees little evidence of that in Abingdon.

So some clearance work has happened but the project is far from over. There needs to be a proper maintenance programme for the Mill Stream. This will involve Riparian (Riverside) landowners and the EA to make sure it happens.

8 Comments March 8, 2019

Abingdon Spring Clean in full swing

Abingdon Spring Clean
The Abingdon Spring Clean began in South Abingdon today when 26 bags of rubbish were collected. It was organised by AbiBinit

There was also a litter pick along the Ock Valley Walk, organised by the Green Gym , and one on Northcourt Road, Northcourt Lane and Oxford Road. There could have been others.

The Spring Clean will continue in the town centre tomorrow when AbiBinit lead a litter pick from the town centre. Volunteers can meet at 10 am outside Costa in the precinct. But if you get there a bit later there is usually somebody directing.

More pictures can be seen on the AbiBinit Facebook Group.

2 Comments March 2, 2019

Lent Lectures

Lent Lectures
The Church in Abingdon annual Lent Lectures began this evening at Trinity Church. They run for five weeks.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday – after Shrove Tuesday, 5th March, and ends on Easter Sunday, 21st April. Some people gives something up for Lent, and give the money to charity instead.
Lent Lectures
Today was also the hottest February day on record in some parts of the UK – the first time a temperature of over 20 c has been recorded in winter.

We could do an environmental pledge this Lent. Any ideas?

4 Comments February 26, 2019

Start of Big Spring Clean

Big Spring Clean
Thankyou to Helen for this poster  in advance of the start of the big spring clean.

Regarding the town centre I know that the local councils do litter pick some areas regularly. Along West St. Helen Street, a man does an excellent job clearing up the drink and fast food containers after Friday and Saturday night.

Other places are just a trap for litter that are very difficult to clear. For example, next to the Reynolds Way Supermarket there is a hedge that traps a lot of litter, and you notice it when there are no green leaves.

1 Comment February 18, 2019

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