With a history dating back to the Bronze and Iron ages, Wallingford has long been a community of strategic, political and historic importance.

Today, Wallingford is a bustling market town on the River Thames, home to a high proportion of independent businesses, cafes and restaurants and a lively social scene. A weekly local producers market now complements the monthly farmers’ market and the Friday weekly street market.

As well as an award-winning Parish choir, long-standing amateur dramatic society and excellent rowing facilities at Wallingford Rowing Club and Oxford University Boat Club, there is live music from the Wallingford Bunkfest and Blues and Beer festivals.

We have an historic steam railway, stunning nature reserves and surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as being the location for world-leading scientific research into climate change, biodiversity, water, agriculture and environment at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, HR Wallingford, CABI and other organisations.

Like every other town and community, we face the uncertainty and threats of what climate change will do to our town and surrounding area, local biodiversity and long-term resilience against peak oil, migration and resource scarcity.