Category Archives : Tools


Rule of Thumb for Loppers – Top Tools Tips

Loppers are used on many tasks as they are handy for quickly cutting back brambles and small branches. When going through the safe handling of loppers in the tools talk before tasks, many OCV ‘old hands’ refer to the Lopper Rule of Thumb  – here it is explained:   Anything smaller than the circumference of […]

The correct way to carry loppers!

Nearly empty toolshed

A Moving Experience for OCV

Who knew OCV had so much stuff! Some of our volunteers found out exactly how much stuff we had when they had to move it all from our current toolshed location at Stansfeld Outdoor Education Centre to our brand new toolshed at the Oxford City Council depot in Cutteslowe Park last weekend. We have been […]


7 Billhooks You Should Recognise 1

Chris Skepper has been OCV Tools Officer and Task Programmer in the past so he should know his Yorkshire billhook from his Staffordshire billhook: Billhooks are a tool for cutting or splitting green wood; they are something between a knife and an axe. They were traditionally used to coppice thin wood for animal feed and […]

7 different patterns of billhook