Category Archives: ecology

Extinction Musical Chairs on the Market Place

On the Market Place today the sun was shining and the Abingdon Extinction Rebellion group were playing Musical Chairs.
Extinction Musical Chairs
All they needed were some players with animal masks, a table and chairs, some musicians with drums, and a human with a white mask. The players had a meal and started dancing round the table. The human then ate a lot of the food and removed one of the chairs
Extinction Musical Chairs
When the music stopped the players sat down for the next meal, but one of them could find no chair
Extinction Musical Chairs
and lay down as if dead.
Extinction Musical Chairs
The game continued until the end. The human was the last one living but did not live for long.

Culham Causeway Clearance

Culham Causeway Clearance
Walking the Causeway between Abingdon and Culham Bridge I was amazed to see how the ditch has been dug out and bushes cleared.
Culham Causeway Clearance
There is a view both sides of the Causeway now.
Culham Causeway Clearance
For years litter from passing traffic has blown into the ditch and bushes. There is now a tidemark of torn plastic round the side of the field. Other plastic has blown across the field.

Summer Solstice – June 21st

Sun Hot
This picture was taken from near the old Culham Bridge, looking back towards Abingdon across a field of baled straw.
Sun Hot
I remember once seeing straw bales made into an image like Stonehenge that got dubbed Strawhenge. These straw bales are just left in the hot sun where they were dropped. The air is still full of the dust of harvest and pollen. Two of the stones of the real Stonehenge are supposedly aligned with the sunrise on Summer Solstice, showing the great respect and veneration our distant ancestors had for the sun.

Edible Abingdon @ Old Station House

Dig For Victory
Last Year Edible Abingdon was in a strip of land behind the Ice Cream kiosk at the Outdoor pool. This year Edible Abingdon has a site near Old Station House where a number of old-style recycling bins (the ones we used before wheelie bins took over) have been used to grow a variety of herbs, beans, marrows and other edibles.

The objective of the project is to encourage more people in the community to grow some of their own food, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels and imported food.

Abingdon Hydro clearance work underway

Abingdon Hydro clearance work
Thanks to Spike for the first picture that shows clearance of the Abingdon Hyrdo site is already well underway. The Hydro will generate Hydro-electricity from the Thames alongside Abingdon Weir
Abingdon Hydro clearance work
Since Wednesday Volunteers from Abingdon Hydro have been clearing the site. Three trees have been felled and a lot of undergrowth cleared.
Abingdon Hydro clearance work
The large hollow dead tree nearest the weir had no evidence of bats, and came down fairly easily, but volunteers are putting up bat boxes on alternative trees, to provide a bat habitat, just in case.
Abingdon Hydro clearance work
Transporting the firewood from the site is not easy as the nearest place for vehicles is the Abingdon Health and Well being Centre on Audlett Drive – over the foot bridge and 50 metres along a footpath.