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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire16 Dec 2012
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Preparing cut scrub for the bonfire

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Alison on the horizon

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Chilswell Valley, Oxford15 Dec 2012
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Stapling on the netting

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Sydlings Copse, North-East Oxford9 Dec 2012
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Lincombe Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford2 Dec 2012
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Missing hedgelayer?

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Billhook in action

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Neighbours enjoying a tasty snack

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire25 Nov 2012
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View from the Hill

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Mick's in there somewhere

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Happy scrub cutters

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire18 Nov 2012
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Barn camping

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Dawn at the ranch

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire17 Nov 2012
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Celebrity woodsman Brian Williamson demonstrates the use of a billhook

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Pick a billhook, any billhook...

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Matt is starstruck

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Kirtlington Parish, North Oxfordshire11 Nov 2012
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Lincombe Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford4 Nov 2012
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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire28 Oct 2012
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Equipped to round up lambs

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire21 Oct 2012
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Lye Valley, Oxford14 Oct 2012
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Raking up the cut reeds on the South fen

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We found this little fella (a cricket)

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We also found evidence of other inhabitants

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Pissen Wood, Oxfordshire30 Sep 2012
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First fire of the season

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Coppicing

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Michelle creates the OCV version of the Olympic flame

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Holywell Cemetery, Oxford23 Sep 2012
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Work under way on the wall

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Mixing lime mortar

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We had to cover the wall as we went along, because of the rain!

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Shotover Country Park, Oxford22 Sep 2012
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Widnell Park, Piddington, North Oxfordshire16 Sep 2012
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St Peter's Primary School, Cassington9 Sep 2012
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Raw materials #1: An overgrown path

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Raw materials #2: Willow in need of pollarding

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Raw materials #3: Hedging plants

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South Newington Parish, North Oxfordshire2 Sep 2012
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Steps - Before

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Steps - After

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Path before

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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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Trap Grounds, Oxford25 Aug 2012
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Measuring up our little bridge

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A beautifully warm sunny lunch just before the heavens opened

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Banging in the posts for the hand rail

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Iffley Island, Oxford19 Aug 2012
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Long reeds/sedge waiting to be cut back

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A lovely advert for Wickes!

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Wisely cutting in the few shaded areas

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire12 Aug 2012
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Public Enemy #1: Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)

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Public Enemy #2: Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)

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Thistle-clearers at work - large area already cleared

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Tumbling Bay, Botley11 Aug 2012
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Wild swimming pool (Tumbling Bay, Botley)

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Our fearless social secretary prepares to test the water

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Michelle is not far behind

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Kennington Pools, Oxford5 Aug 2012
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Pruning a tree in the lake, using a pole saw

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Lydia does some pruning on an island in the lake

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It was very green and lovely in this rare moment of sunshine

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Hook Norton Cutting, North Oxfordshire1 Jul 2012
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Our target - Ragwort

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Fields full of ragwort

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Standlake Ranch, Witney, West Oxfordshire17 Jun 2012
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Third task at Standlake. Time to finish that bridge.

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The biggest task remaining is to add some planks to walk on. These are wired onto the pipes.

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On the other side, steps up to the bridge are needed

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Standlake Ranch, Witney, West Oxfordshire3 Jun 2012
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Admiring the rope bridge and slide at the Ranch

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Pipework!

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Chris cuts the pipe to the right length

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire27 May 2012
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Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet

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Putting in a straining post

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An old post that was levered out of the ground

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Standlake Ranch, Witney, West Oxfordshire20 May 2012
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This is the part of the lake that we are to bridge

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We will be using these bits of old telegraph poles for uprights

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And these old pipes to span the gap

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Holywell Cemetery, Oxford6 May 2012
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These errant stones have escaped from the wall at Holywell

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The escaping stones have left a gap in the boundary

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Never fear, OCV volunteers are here! Lime mortar is mixed in buckets

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire22 Apr 2012
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Finishing the oak tree guard

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales6 Apr 2012
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Selection of stones is important

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And digging a good trench is important too

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First: place upright stones along path edge

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Jubilee Fields and Long Meadow, Wootton, West Oxfordshire1 Apr 2012
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Moving a sleeper towards its new home as a footbridge

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Footbridge under construction

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Putting in uprights for a hand rail

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'Cultivate', Little Wittenham, South Oxfordshire31 Mar 2012
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Raleigh Park, Oxford25 Mar 2012
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Boarstall Duck Decoy, Buckinghamshire11 Mar 2012
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Coppicing the smaller trees to help increase biodiversity

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Burning brash

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A well deserved tea break under an unseasonally clear sky

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Pissen Wood, Oxfordshire10 Mar 2012
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Mug tree

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One of the last bonfires of the season... sadly

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Before coppicing

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Shotover Country Park, Oxford26 Feb 2012
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Bloody nose beetle

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Bloody nose beetle

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Ardley Quarry, Fritwell, Oxfordshire12 Feb 2012
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Warburg Nature Reserve, Bix, Oxfordshire29 Jan 2012
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Coppicing the trees with the hazard tape!

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Starting a fire without matches (okay, there had been a fire there during the week...)

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Usually we have only one bonfire but this task we had not just one...

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Trap Grounds, Oxford21 Jan 2012
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Bird hide construction

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Kennington Pools, Oxford8 Jan 2012
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