Sustainable Blewbury

October 31, 2019



Recently looking for spring bulbs, I told the stallholder that I only wanted daffodil bulbs, no tulips. ‘Muntjacs’ he said. He told me that they don’t eat daffodils because they are poisonous. I am puzzled about our muntjacs.  They are fearless, quite large and look you straight in the eye. I have always understood that they are escaped Chinese Muntjac Muntiacus reevesi   but these deer are quite small, eighteen inches in height, from Woburn in Bedfordshire.  A characteristic of these deer is the white tail which only shows clearly when they are in full flight, and this is true of our deer. But  there is another  escapee, the Siberian Roe Capreolus pygargus, larger which may have crossbred with the Chinese deer. Our muntjac could be the result. These are just my thoughts.  Maybe there are no longer any pure genetic forms.

This is the time of year for finding Hawk moth larvae preparing to settle for winter  in a chrysalis. They are amazingly large and ugly. They are found in gardens under their food plants. Bernardine Shirley-Smith

Our last public apple juicing session this year will be on 27 October – note the earlier time. |
Apple juicing27 October, 11 am to 1 pm at Blewbury Manor

You can also hire our equipment at low cost. Please contact or ring Eric at 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Annual leaves clearanceSunday 24 November, 2 to 4 pm

Meet at the Playclose to help us clear slippery fallen leaves from our footpaths. Wear gloves and bring leaf rakes or grabbers and barrows if you have them. If not we will have a few tools you can borrow. Fun for all the family, and there will be FREE tea/coffee/juice with homemade cake at The Blueberry pub from 3.45 as a reward!

Tree planting and community wood

Sustainable Blewbury is aiming to plant trees wherever possible, including helping people to plant on their own land. We are also discussing the possibility of establishing a Blewbury community woodland. If you are interested or want to join in, please contact John Ogden at

Thermal imagingGet your home imaged for free in January

This winter we will again be offering our free service to thermally image homes in Blewbury. Thermal images can help reduce your carbon footprint, make your home more comfortable, and save money. Contact us at or phone Eric at 07935 232 296 to be on our list or to get more information. Would you like to help? It’s interesting work and no experience is needed to help take the images. If you know or want to learn about writing reports that would also be useful. For either just contact us as above.

Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn 07479 290296
·  Cat carrier basket, hardly used               · 1 litre HG protective coating for floor tiles Chris Whatmore 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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