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Chilswell Valley, Oxford23 Feb 2014
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Clearing scrub from the valley side to preserve the limestone grassland

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Without intervention the whole valley side would progress to woodland...

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... and the rare grassland flora would be lost

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Some of the scrub is burnt...

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... and some is dragged to the woodland to make a brash pile

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Most of the scrub has now been cut back...

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... and the grassland preserved for a few years, until the scrub grows back

Chilswell Valley, Oxford5 May 2013
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Chilswell Valley, Oxford15 Dec 2012
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Stapling on the netting

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Chilswell Valley, Oxford26 Aug 2012
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The sleeper walkway is important at Chilswell because the ground is very boggy

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The task today is to renew the walkway, which has slipped over the years

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This involves moving the heavy sleepers, and lots of mud

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Each pair of sleepers sits on a cross-piece, which needs to be horizontal

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Essential ingredients for getting the cross-pieces horizontal: Mud, spirit level, sledgehammer.

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Once the sleepers are in place they are covered with a new non-slip surface (chicken wire)

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Lots of hammering ensues.

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We also dug drainage channels under the walkway, to keep the path dry

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A finished section of sleeper walkway

Chilswell Valley, Oxford11 Jun 2011
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The little Valley Spirit urging us on, on sending us away

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A well-behaved volunteer demonstrating how to safely carry loppers

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The extreme conditions in which we work sometimes

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Chilswell Valley, Oxford
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The view towards Oxford