Oxford Green Week to begin this weekend

Published: Thursday, 14th June 2018

Oxford Green Week begins this weekend (Saturday 16 June) with over 70 pop up events taking place across Oxford and Oxfordshire.

The week will play host to a range of pop-up events to show how residents can save money, get fit, and be happy - whilst being kind to the environment.

The annual festival, which takes places at various locations across the city between Saturday 16 June – Sunday 24 June, will use culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change.

Over 70 events will be participating throughout the week, including:

  • A tour of Ardley Energy Recovery Facility
  • The Wind Over Westmill celebration
  • Rose Hill Cycling Festival
  • Oxford Swift City Swift Walk
  • An Oxford Bus Company trip to a Pick Your Own farm
  • Tandem Festival
  • Afghan Cycles film screening
  • Foraging Course
  • Oxford Mela
  • Plastic-free workshop: learn how to reduce your plastic waste

Residents will also have a chance to take part in the final activity of the Big Green Treasure Hunt, the University of Oxford Parks Discovery Trail.

The Discovery Trail which is taking place from Saturday 16 June – Sunday 24 June is a 40 minute self-guided stroll exploring the hidden sustainability, biodiversity and wellbeing elements of University Parks. Starting at the Ginkgo Gates on Parks Road, use the map to find the clues and complete the trail.

Take part for a chance to win a picnic hamper filled with local goodies, and to be entered in to the grand prize draw to win a Frog bike of your choice.

Oxford Green Week is organised by the City Council and partners, Community Action Groups Project- CAG Oxfordshire, Good Food Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, University of Oxford, and Oxford Festival of the Arts.

The festival – which was formerly known as Low Carbon Oxford Week – is now in its fifth year.

Oxford Green Week was kicked off by Oxford’s Big Green Day Out, which took place on Saturday 9 June on Broad Street.

The event saw about 25,000 people turn out. Stall holders at the event included from Community Action Groups Project- CAG Oxfordshire, Good Food Oxford, Cultivate Oxford, Tap Social, Tesla, London Electric Vehicle Company, Oxford Friends of the Earth, Co-Wheels car club, Oxford Festival of the Arts, The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Oxford Bus Company, plus many more.

Councillor Tom Hayes, Executive Board Member for Safer and Greener Environment, said: “I’m thrilled that Oxford Green Week has got off to such a strong start after the success of Oxford’s Big Green Day Out last weekend. Anybody who enjoyed Oxford’s Big Green Day Out won’t be able to resist the range of events taking place across Oxford Green Week. Our environmental partners in the community have put on an exciting and varied programme. 

There are so many ways that we can all get involved in combating climate change and cleaning up our toxic air, and many of these events will highlight the ways in which we can all play our part.”