Category Archives : Tasks


A Poem about OCV Hedgelaying

OCV’s an old hand now at hedge laying. We’ve been doing it for many years. However, we’ve mainly worked on hedges which have been more on the ‘mature’ side so we’re used to making the best with what we have. The hedge laying task at North Hinksey on Sunday 8th February however was a rare treat. The trees the […]


Steps made from coppiced wood

10 Really Useful Coppice Products 2

Now we’re comfortably into Autumn, we have a few coppicing tasks lined up. Coppicing tends to produce a lot of different lengths and sizes of wood – being from stout Yorkshire heritage, Chris Skepper would hate all this wood to go to waste, so he has listed his top ten ways of putting coppiced wood to […]


Radio Interview! 2

  At the beginning of June during the task at Shotover, Chris, Tim and Ed took part in a radio interview about the group with Stuart Mabbutt who makes a show called Going Wild with Wildlife. He came along to our task to talk to us about OCV and what we do. There isn’t a […]

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Residential in the Peak District

At the end of May, OCV ventured north to the Peak District for a weekend of stone pitching. We stayed at Brunt’s Barn Volunteers’ Centre in Grindleford. After navigating the Friday night (bank holiday) queues around Oxford, we finally arrived at the barn just before 11pm and ate a late pizza supper. The task for […]


Knocking off Policeman’s Helmet 2

This Sunday’s task is pulling up Himalayan Balsam at Shotover Country Park, but why is this such an important thing to do? Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is an invasive species that was originally introduced to the UK in 1839 as a hot house and warm garden plant famed for its prodigious growth. This meant the […]

Himalayan Balsam growing tall

Supports were completed. Stringers need to be attached.

Bridge Building at Cothill NNR

Our task was Bridge & Boardwalk construction at Cothill NNR on Sunday 11th May. We picked a good day for it. The sun was out & Cothill Fen was glistening with spring growth. When we arrived, we did a quick recky of the area where we were working & a young stag jump over a fence […]