Cox's Ground, Oxford OX2 0NL
Burgess Field Nature Park is another Oxford nature reserve that used to be a city landfill site. It’s a large site of 8.5 hectares and, like Aston’s Eyot and the Trap Grounds, it lies close to the river Thames, to be precise, between the main railway line and Port Meadow. The land is owned by the City Council, and we’ll be working with a newly formed local group that want to take a hand in its upkeep. To begin with we’ll dismantle as much as we can of a redundant post and wire fence that stretches the entire length of the eastern side of the site. We’ll be pulling staples, rolling barbed wire, and knocking out posts. Given its location the site has huge conservation and recreational potential and today is likely to be the first in a series of regular tasks that will involve meadow mowing, hedge-laying, and scrub control.
We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.
Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:
1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the weekly email to find out exactly where we’ll be).