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Jubilee Fields were purchased from the Duke of Marlborough by the Wootton Conservation Trust in 2003 to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. It’s a lovely site at any time of year lying between the rivers Glyme and Dorn. The main job today involves cutting back a large area of overgrown scrub that runs along the ridge on the south of the site by the main footpath that’s continuous with Top Lane.
There’s likely to be a bonfire, and, at the time of writing, some tree-planting to do as well.
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’re always looking for volunteers who might lead tasks, indeed without leaders we couldn’t keep going, and we’re short of volunteers prepared to lead at the moment.
So if you’re interested contact Phil Hunter via firstname.lastname@example.org. Any of our current leaders will be happy to help you get started by doubling up on a task to show you the ropes.
Please help us to plant up to 500 trees around the edge of Rose Hill Recreation Ground. Wear old, warm, waterproof clothes and if possible, bring a thermos and some food to share. Tools will be provided, but bring your own if you prefer. There’s no need to stay for the whole day. Come for an hour or two to suit you.
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.
Today we’ll be working for the Oxford Preservation Trust on a plan 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!
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, so if you’re interested contact Phil Hunter via email@example.com . An Aston Rowant task is a great way to start. You’ll be under the guidance of one of the reserve’s wardens – Mick, Steph, or Tim. Any of our current leaders will be happy to help you get started by doubling up on the task to show you the ropes.
A relatively new site for OCV just to the east of Grim’s Ditch on the approaches to the Aston Upthorpe Downs south of Blewbury. The wood is a designated SSSI and is mostly mature hazel on the west facing slope of Langdon Hill. The landowner has a grant from Natural England to manage the site and we’ll coppice a discrete area as part of an ongoing management plan.
If you came on the Westonbirt coppicing course then you’ll be especially welcome today. An important part of today’s task will be to harvest stakes and binders for hedge-laying projects in the new year.
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.
The final task of 2109. The plan today is to crack on with the hedge-laying at Rectory Farm fields. 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.