Cornmarket St, Oxford, England, looking north towards the tower of St Michael at the North Gate parish church. Attribution: Grue
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Oxford () is the only city in Oxfordshire, England, of which it is the county town. It had a population of 162,100 at the 2021 census. It is 56 miles (90 km) north-west of London, 64 miles (103 km) south-east of Birmingham and 61 miles (98 km) north-east of Bristol. The city is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world; it has buildings in every style of English architecture since late Anglo-Saxon. Oxford's industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, information technology and science.

Community resources[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change,, held over two weekends in September and October 2019.[1] Many videos on the website.

Biodiversity activism[edit | edit source]

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The Trap Grounds (aka Trap Grounds Town Green) is a nature reserve in north Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, owned by Oxford City Council.

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

  • Cleaner, Greener Oxford, Oxford City Council campaign
  • OxClean, Oxford Civic Society initiative dedicated to keeping Oxford clean and tidy
  • Oxford Flood Network, making a citizen-built flood detection network in Oxford, based on river levels, groundwater and local knowledge.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Oxford is a very green city, with several parks and nature walks within the ring road, as well as several sites just outside the ring road. In total, 28 nature reserves exist within or just outside Oxford ring road. W

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Oxford is at the centre of the Oxford Green Belt, which is an environmental and planning policy that regulates the rural space in Oxfordshire surrounding the city, aiming to prevent urban sprawl and minimize convergence with nearby settlements. The policy has been blamed for the large rise in house prices in Oxford, making it the least affordable city in the United Kingdom outside of London, with estate agents calling for brownfield land inside the green belt to be released for new housing. The vast majority of the area covered is outside of the city, but there are some green spaces within that which are covered by the designation, such as much of the Thames and river Cherwell flood-meadows, and the village of Binsey, along with several smaller portions on the fringes. Other landscape features and places of interest covered include Cutteslowe Park and the mini railway attraction, the University Parks, Hogacre Common Eco Park, numerous sports grounds, Aston's Eyot, St Margaret's Church and well, and Wolvercote Common and community orchard.

Cycling[edit | edit source]

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Among British cities, Oxford has the second highest percentage of people cycling to work.

Food activism[edit | edit source]

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Before 1891, it is likely that Cripley Meadow was used for horse grazing, similar to Port Meadow, and also hay production. By March 1891, about 14 acres of the land was let to the North Oxford and Jericho Allotments Association for allotments. Over the following years, the city engineer organized the deposit of street refuse on the site to raise its level above the river.

Cripley Meadow Allotment Association is managed by an annually elected committee. Oxford City Council lease the land to the association and devolve its management to the committee. Since 2004 over 160 plots have been cleared and put back into use. It is now a thriving site supporting over 200 members in growing local food and flowers.

Cripley Island Orchard has also been established.

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Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

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Commons[edit | edit source]

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Wolvercote Common is an area of grassed common land north of Port Meadow in Oxford, England.

The Wolvercote Commoners' Committee was established in 1929 to manage the common land and to preserve other amenities in the village. Along with Port Meadow and Wolvercote Green, Wolvercote Common has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) since 1955. In 1993, the Wolvercote Commoners' Committee resisted an attempt by Oxford City Council to take the common into its ownership.

Past events[edit | edit source]




Jun 17 - 25 Oxford Green Week, previously known as Low Carbon Oxford Week


June 11 - 19 Low Carbon Oxford Week


Low Carbon Oxford Week_Jenny Carr_Oxford City Council, PowerPoint Presentation


June 14 - 22 Low Carbon Oxford Week

June 14 Good Food Oxford Launch Fest

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Oxford University Fossil Free

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