Building a more sustainable community

Our aim

Sustainable Wallingford’s aim is to build a more sustainable community in the small Oxfordshire town of Wallingford, Cholsey, and the surrounding villages. This means reducing the impact we have on our environment and becoming more self-reliant and resilient as residents.

The group was formed in 2003 by a small group of friends, and has since become well known locally for a range of activities and projects that involve people and raise awareness of the need to reduce our demands on the earth’s resources. We have only one planet, and so do future generations.

A growing group of active members

Sustainable Wallingford has a group of active members and have around 400 local supporters who take part in our events and receive our newsletter.

We have a Management Group for planning and communication, organising events and overseeing our membership and money. This operates according to our constitution and works with a number of action groups that get together to work on projects large and small and engage with the public, business, schools, local government and other groups to achieve our aims.

The Annual General Meeting of all members elects the Management Group and can determine policy directions, but we are committed to work with everyone and not align solely with any political or special interest group.

Constitution June 2014 as amended at the 2014 AGM

Based on Partnerships

We work in partnership with local government, schools, health services, food producers and businesses to promote awareness of sustainability and to take action.

We are UK-based and not to be mistaken with our friends at Sustainable Wallingford in Seattle (http://sustainablewallingford.us/)!

Jacinta Thorley

Jacinta receiving her MBE
Jacinta Thorley, one of Sustainable Wallingford’s most active members, died of cancer on Sunday 26th August. Until her illness, Jacinta was a power like no other in Sustainable Wallingford in seeking out collaboration and funding opportunities and applying for grants: her professional knowledge of regional and community funding helped her see what was wanted and “go for it”, with a very pragmatic energy and realism. She led the highly effective ‘Greening Wallingford’ campaign and laid the foundations for the recent LEAF project application. She was awarded the MBE in 2011 for her work leading the South East Regional Communities Council.