Summer 2022 Newsletter!  

Welcome to the RHILC Summer Newsletter.  Here you will find :

2022 Future planning meeting dates :

Future dates in person
43 Courtland Road 
Wednesday 6th July, 2022 7:30 PM (Cathy Chair)
SUMMER BREAK (NO newsletter)
Wed 7th September 7:30pm (Paul Chair)
Wed 5th October 7pm AGM 

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Energy Saving Homes Week

Green Open Homes: Until 29 June, you can get inspired to save energy in practical ways by visiting local Green Open Homes. Householders are opening their doors to show ways they have saved energy in low-cost and major structural ways. You can choose from homes in Rose Hill, Florence Park, East Oxford, South Oxford - and other distant parts of Oxford if you wish! Find when and where homes near you are open through the map tab on  

Energy Saving Fair, Oxford Town Hall, Sunday 26 June, 10 am-4 pm

All are welcome to this free event. There will be lots of information stalls about home insulation and renewable energy - and refreshments so you can chat to others about what they've done. And there's a great line-up of talks that you can book at: 

Energy Saving Fair

We hope to see you there this Sunday! 

Our NEXT Planning meeting is 
Wednesday 6th July, 2022 7:30 PM
Do Come along to the Oxford Town Hall THIS SUNDAY with all your energy questions!  10am to 4pm ALL Welcome! 

Planning Meetings


Wednesday 6th July, 2022 07:30pm
Wednesday 7th September 7:30pm
These are IN PERSON at Cathy's house (43 Courtland Road), as no-one attended the zoom last meeting I wont offer this any more

Wednesday 5th October 7pm AGM RHCC
All are Welcome!

Litter pick with RoseHill Youth football club

Thanks and well done to Rose Hill Youth Football Club who collected a humungous amount of litter.. Thanks to Kevin and all involved with organising it and all the kids who came along! 
Oxford Cargo Bike is now up and running.. have a look at the site to book or find out more information about it!  

Tree Care Afternoon

Dear Friends,

We had a very fine work session on the Rose Hill school paddock fruit trees on Wednesday. My records indicate that all the trees were fertilised, all can be seen to have been well weeded – and that was a tough job – and as far as I could see all were watered.  All three objectives met. Everybody contributed, young and old – a very collaborative afternoon.
Two low-carbon thrusts were pursued. Tree growth was encouraged that will hopefully go on fixing carbon from the air for many years. Secondly fruit for the school will be provided with zero food-miles. No fossil fuel for delivery, and fresh. 
Some new to gardening, particularly fruit growing, may have picked up new insights, some perhaps even following suit in their own gardens. The following paragraphs are for them.

Weeding is important particularly in the fruit tree’s early years which otherwise will grow more slowly. Older trees are better able to compete, though fruit yields will be improved if weeds are kept small: they compete for water and nutrients.

Watering is essential for young fruit trees after planting and in spring and summer. Grafted fruit trees as we are using produce fruit much sooner, from the 2nd year, than those grown from seed, but, depending on the rootstock used, are often more dependent on watering. 

Inorganic fertilizers supply nutrients which are essential to plant life. The main ones, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, called the macronutrients, are needed by fruit trees in amounts not usually available in the soil. They can also be supplied by compost – decomposing vegetative material dug into the soil before planting, and/or laid as a mulch over the soil after planting from where earthworms can gradually take it down into the soil if not too dry. We have used both methods, fertiliser and top mulch, in the Rose Hill orchards trees planted in Feb 2021. 

Fertilisers act more quickly and can be adjusted to suit the fertility of the soil as shown in soil analyses.  Such analysis on the Rose Hill orchards soils in 2021 showed low levels of phosphorus, and also of magnesium, and a more alkaline soil than fruit trees generally prefer, which can be remedied to an extent by the application of sulphur chips.  Our application yesterday included these three, plus maintenance levels of nitrogen and potassium.

Fertilizers are best applied in the spring for uptake by the fruit trees; those remaining in the soil in the winter are likely to be leached down the soil profile and away by the rain, except phosphorus which is retained in the soil for years. It would be great if we could get Julian to give us another load of compost to lay on top.

On Wednesday Jenny & Katharine also watered all the trees of the school playing field. We still need to apply fertilizer there.

Kind regards,

Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon 
Also thanks to John and Trev for weeding and mulching 30 trees in the recreation ground.  If you ever want to do a bit of tree care please do weed, water or put mulch over some of our new trees when you are out!.. 

Repair Cafe 6th August

Come to our NEXT repair cafe 
10am -12:30pm, RHCC

Dr Bike is also joining us, so bring your bike, something to mend or just come for a cuppa and a chat!
It is downstairs in the Bill Buckingham Ballroom.  We look forward to seeing you.  
Catherine Gibb is a good place to find other cafes

History of Rose Hill

Liz Woodley gave an interesting talk on the history of Rose Hill a few weeks ago in Florence Park Community Centre.. The spoke about the creation of Rose Hill 1 as seen in the photo, Spencer Crescent and Dashwood Road and some of the joining roads from what was unconnected villages. Rose Hill 2 had a similarly designed estate on the other side of Ashhurst Way, Asquith road.. and much later Rose Hill 3 and the Oval were created into Rose Hill as we know it today!   I also spotted Liz giving her walking talk on Rowney Place which originally connected the estate to the private houses in and around Courtland Road!   Do go to hear more if you get a chance.  

Court Place Gardens building development

Oxford University is about to start a new building development of the graduate accommodation in Court Place Gardens, on Rivermead Road, between Rose Hill and Iffley. Work on site is expected to start soon, and the 71 new 2- and 3-bedroom houses should be completed by September 2024. Throughout the consultation period, RHILC has pushed for plans that will reduce the carbon footprint of Rose Hill and encourage sustainable life styles. On 18th May, 2022, we visited an exhibition of the latest plans and were pleased to see that most of our requests have been met. 
The project has been designed with high-performance insulation, solar PV panels, and air-source heat pumps. There will be no gas on site and the buildings will be 43% above building regulations for carbon emissions. Storage for 184 cycles and ten EV charging points have been included in the site plan. The planning team are working with the Low Carbon Hub on the possibility of connecting up with the other large solar arrays in Rose Hill to make a future localised electricity grid. 
According to the plans for the gardens, there will be a 22% gain in biodiversity. There is now a lovely new path through the University’s woodland from Rivermead Nature Park. We have been promised that this will connect to St Mary’s Church when the buildings are finished.
Two details are still to be decided: 1) the specification of the PV panels may be upgraded, and 2) the route for site traffic awaits approval; traffic will not be routed through Iffley village, but will possibly be routed through Nowell Road in Rose Hill. We expressed our concern about the impact of heavy traffic on Rose Hill during construction.  CJ/EW

Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Transport Conference

Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Transport Conference.

Paul attended this conference on April 25th. There were presentations on:
- Inclusive travel - how having a bike (standard or modified) can be a real benefit for people with a disability
- Factors affecting choices regarding home to school travel (why so many parents choose to drive)
- User friendly guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods being produced by CoHSAT
- 15 minutes neighbourhoods where many amenities can be reached by walking in under 15 minutes

Further information on these (and other related issues) can be found at  

Project LEO

Well done Philippa and Paul for their great interview about the Rose Hill battery in this Friends of the Earth film.
What is Project LEO? This little film explains the large battery in Rose Hill School, the hydro project at Sandford and the energy trials in the new Rose Hill flats at The Oval.

Further Reading

Online Activities

The Wildlife Trusts hold webinars. You can view the complete list here, by selecting 'online events only' and 'show results from all Wildlife Trusts'.

Here's a selection: Tues 5th - Wildflower ID for beginners; Thurs 7th - 60 years protecting our seas; Wed 13th - Plymouth Sound's marine life; Tues 19th - Nature Journalling introduction; Tues 28th - Pollution at sea.

As urban temperatures climb, here’s what the modern city should look like..

Ration Challenge 2022

If you want to have a go raising money for food for refugees (many of whom are suffering in part due to climate change).. you can have a go eating their rations for a week any time.. or sponsor Trev for Refugee week here : 


a new documentary on rewilding, followed by panel discussion
Ultimate Picture Palace on Tuesday, 5th July 2022.  18:00 - 20:00

Following on from a successful talk by Paul Jepson last year (video on YouTube with 12k hits !), the UPP will be showing a film and will have a panel of experts to talk about rewilding projects.  Here is the link to eventbrite for further details and to book your ticket - cost £10

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