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Nov
17
Sat
How to grow your own fruit @ Maymessy
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
How to grow your own fruit @ Maymessy | West Challow | England | United Kingdom

The theory of fruit growing with Incredible Edible Oxford, including:

– an overview of fruits that grow well locally
– how to care for your fruit plants
– different varieties, including more unusual and heritage fruits
– propagation
– designing spaces for fruit
– how to grow more fruit than you thought possible in a small space!

We will also cover how the many ways to preserve fruit and give a demonstration on jam making.

£45 per person, or £40 if booked with the Fermentation Workshop. Please bring a jar with you if you would like to take some jam home with you.

Nov
18
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant
Nov 18 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant | Stokenchurch | England | United Kingdom

Another of our regular monthly visits to Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England and situated on the western edge of the Chilterns with extensive views across the Oxfordshire plain. The Reserve supports juniper, an extensive variety of wild flowers native to unimproved chalk grassland, together with sheep, woodland, and an abundance of red kites. Exactly what we do today, and where, will be announced in the weekly email so make sure you’re on the general email list for the details.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Nov
19
Mon
Energy Collaborate Group Meeting @ Makespace
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Collaborate events are opportunities for Community Action Groups (CAGs) working on similar projects or across a common theme to meet up, share and find ways of working together.

The meetings are open to members of the CAG network, as well as other associated, like-minded groups and organisations. We also moderate theme mailing lists for CAGs to communicate with each other between meetings.

As a large network spread across the county, the meetings are an important chance for CAGs to:

  • Discover more about other groups’ activities and achievements
  • Share knowledge and skills
  • Explore opportunities for collaborative projects and funding bids
  • Gain advice and support from The CAG Project staff and other members
  • Network and socialise with other members
Nov
25
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Coppicing @ Pissen Wood, Oxfordshire
Nov 25 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Coppicing @ Pissen Wood, Oxfordshire | England | United Kingdom

We were last here in the winter of 2016 to coppice hazel and install wire cages around the stools to protect the re-growth from being grazed by deer. Today we’ll return to remove those cages, do some more coppicing, and reinstall the protective covers. The cages have worked well – the rejuvenated stools have survived the attentions of both muntjac and roe dear. We’ll also aim to harvest stakes and binders for use in hedge-laying tasks later in the winter.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Dec
2
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Woodland Management @ Matthew Arnold Field
Dec 2 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Woodland Management @ Matthew Arnold Field | Boars Hill | England | United Kingdom

Matthew Arnold Field in Boars Hill is a mixed woodland and grassland site, named after the poet, cultural critic and influential schools’ inspector Matthew Arnold, and owned and managed by the Oxford Preservation Trust. At the beginning of the year we began work to actively manage the woodland areas – hauling out large boughs, cutting down brash, creating log-pile habitats, and restoring paths. Today we’ll carry on with work to open up the woods to more light, and to re-establish the wetland habitat. Note that we’ll be working in and near the woodland ponds, so bring wellingtons!

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Dec
9
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Hedge Laying @ Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
Dec 9 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Hedge Laying @ Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington | Kidlington | England | United Kingdom

The plan today is to crack on with the hedge-laying at Rectory Farm Fields, in Old Kidlington. We were last here at the end of September and we’ll look to lay, stake, and bind some more sections of hedge. There will be significant amounts of top-growth to take out so it’s likely that there’ll also be a bonfire. A good day’s work today should bring the end of this particular hedge-laying project in sight.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Dec
16
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant
Dec 16 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant | Stokenchurch | England | United Kingdom

Our final visit of the year to a favourite site on the cusp of the Chilterns managed by Natural England. It’s more likely than not that we’ll be working either in the woods or on the grassland slopes. Exact details of the day’s work will be posted in the weekly email, so make sure you’re on the OCV mailing list! Once again, we’re always looking for volunteers who might lead tasks, indeed without leaders we couldn’t keep going, so if you’re interested contact Phil Hunter via tasks@ocv.org.uk . An Aston Rowant task is a great way to start. You’ll be under the guidance of one of the reserve’s wardens – Mick or Stephanie. Any of our current leaders will be happy to help you get started by doubling up on a task to show you the ropes.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Dec
30
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Scrub Control @ Crecy Hill LWS, Tackley, Oxfordshire
Dec 30 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Scrub Control @ Crecy Hill LWS, Tackley, Oxfordshire  | Tackley | England | United Kingdom

Our final task of 2018, and a great way to blow away the Christmas fug. Created in 1997, Crecy Hill Local Nature Reserve is a County Wildlife Site and Local Nature Reserve in Tackley, ten miles north of Oxford. The reserve is sited on the slope of a railway embankment with views across the open, rolling countryside opposite. We’ll spend the day cutting back and burning extensive scrub to open up the paths and restore access to the site for both local people and the cattle that will be put to graze over the winter.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

May
6
Mon
Energy Collaborate Group Meeting @ Makespace
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Collaborate events are opportunities for Community Action Groups (CAGs) working on similar projects or across a common theme to meet up, share and find ways of working together.

The meetings are open to members of the CAG network, as well as other associated, like-minded groups and organisations. We also moderate theme mailing lists for CAGs to communicate with each other between meetings.

As a large network spread across the county, the meetings are an important chance for CAGs to:

  • Discover more about other groups’ activities and achievements
  • Share knowledge and skills
  • Explore opportunities for collaborative projects and funding bids
  • Gain advice and support from The CAG Project staff and other members
  • Network and socialise with other members