ENRICH

TOE believes in supporting communities to reduce their carbon footprint, by finding ways to reduce energy demand through adopting energy efficiency measures.

Over five years the ENRICH programme advised and supported community buildings across Oxfordshire on becoming more energy efficient.  ENRICH was developed and run in partnership with EiE (the Environmental Information Exchange) with funding from the Patsy Wood Trust.  Advice was also provided by the Community Buildings Advisor based at Community First Oxfordshire (CFO).

Connecting People Naturally

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Many thanks to Whittard for partnering with TOE2 to support the Earth Trust’s Connecting People Naturally Programme.  Together we believe that everyone should be able to access local green spaces.

Funds from the Whittard 5p plastic bag charge are being used to provide fun outdoor play sessions at local sites across Oxfordshire so that local families can rediscover the excitement and wonder of the natural world.

The programme involves:

  • Increasing awareness of local green spaces – working with local communities to make people more aware of where local green spaces are and how they might be used
  • Inspiring ideas – Providing “Come out and Play” sessions where families get involved in fun outdoor activities they can replicate in local green spaces and at home.
  • Training – To give local volunteers ideas and confidence in running activities on local sites
  • Risky Play Lending library – promote use of the Earth Trust’s new lending library of resource kits, which includes tools, fruit-pressing equipment, bug hunting kits and items for fire lighting activities.

 

Brakspear pub trails

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TOE, working in partnership with brewers Brakspear, has identified circular walks from 20 Brakspear pubs in Oxfordshire. Each route is about 3 miles long, with up to two additional longer routes per pub. 

The walk guides are available as leaflets in the pubs and also for downloaded from http://www.pub-trails.co.uk

Brakspear has provided funding to support access improvements along the routes where necessary, and for other rights of way in the area. 

This partnership programme will encourage greater use of local rights of way and improve access to Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside and green spaces.

What better way to reward yourself after a good walk than a well-earned drink and a bite to eat!