• Oxford Botanic Garden

    15 January 2021

    Thanks to a gift of £5,000 in 1621, Oxford acquired the first scientific garden in Great Britain which now hosts over 5,000 plant species. Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and Deputy Director of the Botanic Garden, Dr Chris Thorogood, explained its history and its role in research, conservation, education and public understanding. With accelerating global warming, what…

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  • The Future of Personal Mobility

    20 December 2020

    A quarter of all our energy is used in transport but vehicle emissions are slowly killing us. The general approach to cleaning up the air is to go electric. But where does the energy come from? What does the future of mobility look like? Is it the end of the road for the car? Allan…

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  • Railways of Oxfordshire

    18 December 2020

    Railway historian Laurence Waters talked about the development of the railway from its opening in 1844 until the present day. The gradual decline in the post-war years was compounded by the Beeching cuts of the 1960s; at one point even the ‘Cotswold Line’ was under threat. The privatisation of the railways has resulted in a…

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  • Traffic-free Oxford

    2 November 2020

    The lockdown during the spring and summer of 2020 gave Oxford the opportunity of seeing what the City could be like with far less traffic clogging the streets. This video shows ‘Lockdown Oxford’, with comments and thoughts from Oxford Civic Society’s Chairman.

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  • Planning White Paper – webinar

    26 October 2020

    Oxford Civic Society prepared a response to the Government’s White Paper of changes to the planning system. In this webinar Peter Thompson (OCS Planning Grouip) outlines the White Paper’s proposals and the Society’s proposed response. His presentation is followed by a Q&A session.

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  • Olive Gibbs – Oxford campaigner

    19 October 2020

    Olive Gibbs (born in 1918) was a redoubtable local Labour politician, peace campaigner and founding member of CND. During her long political career she helped to shape our city. Local historian Liz Woolley spoke about Olive’s extraordinary life and legacy. The recording of Liz’s talk is no longer available, but for more information please contact…

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  • Rewilding – restoring ecosystems

    15 September 2020

    On Tuesday 15 September Dr Paul Jepson, Nature Recovery Lead at the environmental consultancy Ecosulis, gave an overview of rewilding from a European perspective. He discussed the potential for rewilding in and around Oxford.

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  • Oxford Liveable Streets

    8 September 2020

    On Tuesday 8 September Dr Scott Urban of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, explained low-traffic neighbourhoods with successful examples from elsewhere. He discussed what we could do here to claim back our streets for the people who live in them.

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  • Inequality in Oxford

    15 June 2020

    Sara Fernandez, Director of Oxford Hub, spoke about Oxford through the lens of social action, relationships and community cohesion. It was an opportunity to explore what it means to live in Oxford from a different perspective.

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  • Litter Picking Hero Rylee

    16 February 2020

    Rylee, a young litter picking inspiration, has been sharing his top tips for litter picking ahead of OxClean’s big Spring Clean at the end of the month. In the video, Rylee explains why litter picking is important and why people should get involved in the Spring Clean. As someone who has been litter picking for…

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