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SusWoT Tomato Plants for Sale this Saturday at Westbury Fair

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These tomatoes are now ready to be planted out!
SusWoT will be selling tomato plants at 50p each at the Westbury Fair on Saturday.  We will be in the Doctors Car Park.  The Fair is open from 11 am until 3:30 pm.  Varieties available include Sungold (the sweet cherry tomato), alicante, shirley and tumbler for hanging baskets.  Despite the weather our plants are ready to be planted out.  We will also have jars of tomato feed.  All plants are suitable for outdoor growing although shirley does prefer life inside.

We will have our usual apple juice available.

We will also have some seeds available in sensible quantities at 50p per packet.  Seeds include borlotti, runner, french climbing beans, coriander, basil, beetroot, squash, and pumpkin.

Litter Picking in Westbury

SusWoT had a successful litter pick on Sunday 29 April, part of the plan to have a targeted litter pick every last Sunday of the month.  We are also looking at having an evening pick in the week.  If you want to help email us.

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Di and Sam(right) part of the team that removed 18 bags of rubbish from Sheepwood.

Four sacks of rubbish were also collected from around the Library and Canford lane adjacent to Canford Park and the footpath between Canford Lane and Henbury Road.  There was not enough time to tackle Home Ground and its surroundings.

The next litter pick will be on Sunday 27 May.


Potting Along

On Saturday 11 people managed to pot up all the tomatoes, over 1000.

3866 more potting up 2 cropped small Those not shown above were sifting garden compost!

It is planned to use these plants to encourage people to grow their own by selling them at 50p a go at various events in Westbury-on-Trym.

Get Growing: Potting on Tomatoes

This Saturday 21 April we need to pot these:



Into these


We have about 800 tomato plants.  We are starting at 1pm on Saturday in Abbey Road and hope to finish by 5pm.  We also need about 200 more pots.  If you have 10cm (3 1/2 inch) pots that is ideal we don’t lreally want ones much larger than that.

If you can help please contact Alex at SusWoT  email





SusWoT Litter Picking

SusWoT held a first trial litter pick in March.  Eight people took part and collected about


12 bags of rubbish.  For our first go at this we decided to tackle the footpaths of Westbury-on-Trym.  Hopefully they will look a bit better for a few months,

Bristol Waste have the contract for keeping Bristol Clean and have provided great support.  They lent us all the equipment we needed and collected the bagged waste and recycling from around the village.

We plan to have litter pick on the last Sunday of every month.  if you want to help email SusWoT.

Saving Energy and Money: SusWoT working with CHEESE

SusWoT have linked up with a local  organisation called CHEESE.

CHEESE will make a video showing the heat loss, using thermal imaging cameras, in your home and give advice on how to improve things.

Mike Andrews of CHEESE came to our Christmas drinks at the Victoria and briefly explained what CHEESE did.  Mike Crabbe and Alex Dunn from SusWoT met Mike to discuss how SusWoT and CHEESE could work together to help people in Westbury on Trym save energy and hence money.

The first stage of this collaboration will be two open meetings at the Victoria, Chock Lane on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March at 8pm.  You are invited to come to either or both of these meetings.

At the meeting on 23 February Mike Andrews and a colleague will be showing off the equipment they use to show where properties lose heat and explaining how the survey process works.  There is a link to a video of this process below.

At the meeting on 2 March SusWoT will explain to SusWotters how the process survey works and discuss how SusWoT can promote the surveys and develop a plan for energy saving work to be organised.  Mike Andrews wont be at this meeting but we hope a representative of CHEESE will be there.

At both meetings you will be able to sign up for a survey.  You can also sign up to have the survey through the Cheese website .

Cheese would like to sign up 10 people to have a survey on their home.  These surveys need to take place before Easter 2017, as after that it will be too warm to do a survey effectively.  So far one person from the Christmas meeting has already booked a survey.
Video of the Survey Process:  (Password is cheese)

This video is quite old 2015 and more modern kit is being used now, but it does give an excellent idea of how the survey works.

I think this project offers us a great opportunity to help Westbury households reduce their energy consumption so saving money in a practical doable way.

If you are unable to come to the meetings you can signup for a survey here.

SusWoT News – 10 Apr 2013

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SusWoT News

  • Fishbones and worms – it’s our AGM at 7:30pm on Thursday 11th April. Come and tell us what you’d like to see happening in Westbury. More details here.
  • Here are the minutes of the last steering group.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Friends of Badock’s Wood are holding their AGM on Tuesday April 30th at 7.30 p.m. at the Greenway Centre. Hear about all the good things that have been happening in Badock’s Wood in the last year and how the latest round of Lottery Funding is being used this year. Also note there is a paper proposing changes to the structure and constitution of the Friends of Badock’s Wood which we will need to vote on.
  • Badock’s Wood Wild Flower Walk on Sunday 21 April – see poster for details.
  • Badock’s Woodland Party. Part of the Big Lottery Funding will pay for another event the Badock’s Woodland Party which is being planned for Sunday 9th June from 2-6 p.m. and Jim O’Shaugnessy is organising this for us. If you would like to get involved in the day, hold a stall, run a workshop, lead a walk, bring your dance troupe, singing choir, arts group etc. along or give general help running the event please contact Jim on jim.os at blueyonder dot co dot uk or call him on 0117 9664318 or mobile 07722859726.
  • The Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol 3rd September 2013 to 25th July 2014 in Bristol. Two and a half days a week for 40 weeks. Visit for details. A dynamic and holistic curriculum bringing together some of the UK’s most experienced tutors and practitioners to explore positive, creative and practical solutions towards a sustainable, community-led future. Talks, workshops, discussions, field visits, design projects and practical activities.
  • Bristol Switch and Save – now extended to April 15th – all welcome to join in – already 4500 on board in the city!
  • Bristol Food Network news.
  • Find out about Bristol’s “Blue Finger”, a line of prime agricultural land bordering the M32.

Issues and Campaigns

  • Avon and Somerset Police are currently running training sessions for community speedwatch volunteers. Would any members of the community like to take part in this training and subsequently carry out speedwatch operations in the area. The date of the training session is 14 April 2013 at 1pm at Southmead Police Station. Please contact PCSO 7166 Claire Fisher for further information or advice on 101.
  • Petition to Michael Gove: Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum more details here.
  • Bristol has been shortlisted as one of four finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2015, alongside Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana. See more here.