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5 reasons to be cheerful: a superflashy special

It's not all doom and gloom! Here's the lighter news you may have missed from Bucks & Oxon.

Wilderness 2020. See you there?

With updates on COVID-19 changing hourly and dominating the news, it may be hard to fathom that anything good is happening at the moment, and even harder to stay upbeat. Cue our five reasons to be cheerful!

Oxford is, like, totally woke

In a recent study by Bankrate, Oxford has pipped Brighton and Hove (sorry Muddy Sussex) to the post to be named the most ‘woke’ city in the country. If you don’t happen to be fluent in millennial lingo – ‘wokeness’ means being alert to societal injustices, with the city winning the accolade for being the most reactive overall to issues surrounding diversity, recycling, voting – kudos! Basically, if you live in Oxford give yourself a pat on the back for being pretty darn great.

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Witney gets a fun-sized forest

We’re pretty lucky with all the beautiful green spaces we have here in Bucks & Oxon and now another has been added to the list with the planting of the UK’s first Tiny Forest in Witney last weekend. Created by environmental charity Earthwatch Europe, the tennis court-sized space has been filled with 600 native trees that will attract wildlife, improve air quality and cut pollution – and another is soon to follow in Oxford. Good things come in small packages, right?

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We’re all in this together

We love to see communities supporting each other on Muddy and it’s times like this when it’s happening more than ever, which we can all take as a small positive. To help those who need support or are self isolating, Henley Lit Fest has just introduced a buddy scheme to connect people in the area. Just drop an email to info@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk if you want to take part. Didcot-based charity SOFEA has launched a community larder programme with food boxes being delivered to the most vulnerable in the community (donate here) and Facebook support groups are popping up across the UK – find your local one here at Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK. Go team!

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Wilderness is GO!

News just in! Our ‘hood’s coolest local festival is going ahead as planned on 30 Jul – 2 Aug. Expect a heady mix of right-on hippiness (think yoga, skinny-dipping and hot hubs) combined with impressive big name acts (headliners this year are Supergrass and local lads Foals). We’ll see you there, on the other side, covered in glitter and high on freedom.

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