Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 02:00 PM
HEALTHY SOIL • HEALTHY FOOD • HEALTHY PEOPLE
Visit to Bruern Farms, West Oxfordshire
Tuesday, 17th May 2.00 pm
Continuing West Oxfordshire Green Party's series of talks and activities on the theme of Food and Farming we have organised a visit to Bruern Farms.
Those of you that attended our "Healthy Food Shouldn't Cost the Earth" event will remember Henry Astor's talk. He has offered us the opportunity to visit his farm when we would have the opportunity to 'go behind the scenes’ of the farm and find out more about the history of the farm. With Summer almost upon us we thought that this was an ideal time. We can also use it to mark the Green Party's historic win in nearby Brize Norton & Shilton in the local elections.
Bruern Farms is a third generation family run farm in the North East Cotswolds. They are passionate about the environment and work hard to create an eco-system where their farming practices produce healthy food whilst increasing biodiversity. They have a small farm shop and their cafe is a popular community hub. In the shop they offer a range of home grown and local products including delicious pasture-fed English longhorn beef, free range pork, pastured eggs and wild venison.
Bruern Farms' mission is:
To create a farming system that restores soil health; produces nutritious food and increases biodiversity
To build community through events, education and outreach
Its Vision is :
To pioneer farming methods that provide solutions to the current challenges facing conventional British farming such as soil depletion, food security, climate change and habitat loss.
Come and Join us and learn about a farm that cares about the environment and strongly believes that healthy soil is essential for healthy food and hence healthy people.
Six new Green councillors elected!
2022 produced a truly exciting set of local elections for the Green Party in Oxfordshire! Of the 40 Green Party members who stood as candidates in the three councils that had elections, six were elected as councillors: 4 in Oxford City, and one each in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire. Our new councillors are:
- Emily Kerr in St Mary's, Oxford
- Fiona Mawson in Kidlington East, Cherwell
- Alistair Morris in Marston, Oxford
- Lois Muddiman in Osney & St Thomas, Oxford
- Rosie Pearson in Brize Norton & Shilton, West Oxfordshire
- Rosie Rawle in Donnington, Oxford
Why are Greens winning so many local elections? Look at Oxfordshire
Last May, Greens won some of our best results council elections across Oxfordshire, following on from stellar results in the 2019 European elections. We ended up with three councillors on the county council, three on the city council, nine on district councils, and ten on city and parish councils. This was the most we’ve ever had in the City, chipping into the deadlock that the Labour party has on the City Council – and was enough to take the County Council out of Conservative hands for the first time in its history.
Green Councillor expresses concerns over new 'Developer's Charter'
Cherwell District Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee reviewed a report on the Oxfordshire 2050 strategic plan this week, with concerns being expressed over a growth needs assessment report dubbed the 'Son of SHMA' by Green councillor Ian Middleton.
The Oxfordshire Growth needs Assessment (OGNA) forms a central part of the new Oxfordshire 2050 plan which seeks to provide a strategic platform to co-ordinate development across the whole of the county. The recent consultation on these plans identified 3 levels of housing need between now and 2050 with the highest level representing a further huge growth target.