Monthly Archives: May 2014


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

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Fencing training – en garde! 1

OCV do a lot of fencing. For our clients this is vital work ensuring the safety of their livestock used to maintain important habitats. Take a walk round Raleigh Park in Oxford and you’ll see the efforts of our labour. It is a technically demanding and rewarding task, from the physical slog of digging holes […]


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 […]

Supports were completed. Stringers need to be attached.

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OCV Annual General Meeting 1

Last Tuesday, we held our Annual General Meeting. OCV is a registered charity, and run by a committee of volunteers. So at the AGM, we re-elected the committee and reported back about the past year. The meeting was held in the upstairs room of the Cape of Hope pub, with about 16 happy people attending […]


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