Thame Solar Streets – the inside story

It’s been great to see new Solar Panel (PV) installations appearing in Thame, in spite of pandemic restrictions and the wintry weather. These smart, all-black solar panels are generating clean and renewable energy, reducing electricity bills for the home owners, and paying for themselves even more quickly in lockdown (more of that in a moment). … Read more

Community backs new litter pickers Thame Wombles

BRAND new litter picking group Thame Wombles has been overwhelmed with support in its first two weeks. Tidy-minded Thame residents have already collected more than 40 large refuse sacks of litter from streets and hedgerows in and around Thame since the group’s creation on 23 January. The venture has been so successful that local firms … Read more

Nature Restoration in Thame and in Oxfordshire

Wild Oxfordshire, our local conservation organisation, has been very supportive to Thame Green Living and has advised on the Green Living Plan.  Recently it hosted its Annual Lecture online at which Dr. Richard Benwell, CEO of the Wildlife and Countryside Link, gave a salutary analysis of the situation facing the natural environment.  Despite the promising … Read more

New bio-diverse habitat created on Greyhound Lane

Churchill Retirement Living has teamed up with Thame Green Living on plans to create a new ‘bio-diverse’ area of land opposite the Yeats Lodge development on Greyhound Lane. Prompted by support for the ‘natural world’ principles embraced in the Thame Green Living plan, Churchill Retirement Living will landscape and plant the area with a variety … Read more

How to recycle the seemingly unrecyclable!

People seem to be making a real effort this year to have a less wasteful Christmas, whether that be buying less, sourcing eco-friendly gifts or using plastic-free reusable/recyclable wrapping. This is great to see and I’m so glad it’s becoming easier to shop this way! The South Oxfordshire website has all the information you need … Read more

Why local seasonal food is best – we talked to the fabulous Bucksum team

Brussel sprouts, parsnips, roast potatoes, red cabbage … it’s no coincidence that these are the foods we all expect to see on our plates for our traditional Christmas dinner. These are the foods that are in season in the UK at this time of year (and isn’t the brussel sprout plant spectacular!) Whether growing your … Read more

Red Kite Family Centre share some favourite upcycled Christmas crafts

There are lots of great online resources for upcycled craft ideas – it’s amazing what you can make from waste! We always love making this simple reindeer picture frame with families during December – all you need is a cardboard box, red nose, a couple of eyes, paper for antlers, and paint. And a big … Read more

Beautiful, thrifty and planet-friendly – some alternative wrapping ideas

It’s the thought that counts more than anything, especially this year. But here in the Love Thame Hate Waste team, we have to admit we do love beautifully wrapped gifts, both giving and receiving. And if the beautiful wrapping does happen to use recycled materials, it doesn’t get better than that! Here are some ideas … Read more