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Edible Abingdon and new benches

Edible Abingdon
I was walking by the Edible Abingdon garden in the Abbey Gardens at lunchtime.
Edible Abingdon
A blackbird came close when I sat on a bench for a moment – much closer than I would expect. He flew up to the back of the bench before flying back up to his perch. He may have mistaken me for somebody who feeds him.
Edible Abingdon
In the Edible Abingdon patch, the chard looked good with the wavy yellow stems.
Edible Abingdon
The purple headed chives also looked good with the yellow herbs behind.
Edible Abingdon
Down near the other edible Abingdon garden patch, by the open air pool, there were a lot of geese cropping the grass among the daisies. There are two new benches, one dedicated to Alan Bryden (who found peace in nature), and another to David and Janet Morgan (who loved to walk by the river).

4 Comments May 20, 2019

Litter Pick by River Thames in Abingdon

Abingdon Poppy Appeal
Volunteers carried out a litter pick along the River Thames in Abingdon today.
Abingdon Poppy Appeal
It was organised by the AbiBinit! the Abingdon Litter Picking Initiative and supported by Abingdon Cuts Plastic and the Kingfisher Canoe Club in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage.

The event saw 60 people, including children, turning up to tackle the issue of litter along the River Thames.
Abingdon Poppy Appeal
Megan is seen here with her bags of rubbish picked from Culham to Abingdon.
Abingdon Poppy Appeal
Rubbish collected included seven traffic cones, three bicycles, a shopping trolley, a street lamp, 96 glass bottles, 13 bags of plastic waste, 75 bags of general waste, and fly tipping – lots of it!.

Events like this raise awareness about how much plastic and other harmful rubbish end up in the River Thames and along it’s banks. Bin it!

There is a McDonald’s Litter Pick for young people tomorrow.

1 Comment April 13, 2019

Pilgrimage for the Planet comes through Abingdon

Abingdon Events
Marchers began a five day walk from Oxford to London to raise awareness of the Climate Emergency. They arrived in Abingdon at lunchtime and had a meal at St Ethelwold’s House before leaving for Wallingford where they stay overnight.

Ginnie Herbert is one of a group of determined grandmothers who was part of the march. Others of all ages had joined her.

71 year old Ginnie said, ‘As a grandmother I am doing whatever I can to demand that the government acts now to cut the greenhouse gases which threaten the future of life on earth. I will not be quiet!’
Abingdon Events
The marchers have an urgent plea to those in positions of power ‘to listen to the voice of the People. We are marching for the future of the land beneath our feet, our winding rivers, our shorelines, the oceans and the very air we breathe.

We march for our children and grandchildren who, unless we are heard, might not know the Natural World, the richness and diversity of this Blue Planet, as we have been privileged to know it. ‘

They call it a pilgrimage for the planet. It will end in extinction rebellion in London.

4 Comments April 10, 2019

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

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