Don’t miss the bus – change in minibus pick-up times 1

Don’t miss the bus…. Due to the move to the new toolshed, we are changing the usual OCV minibus pick up times. It is a simple reversal so that the Lamb and Flag pick up is now first, followed by the Cowley Road pick up, so the new times are: Outside the Lamb and Flag […]

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Going, going, gone – Farewell to Didcot powerstation

Didcot power station has been a feature of Oxfordshire’s landscape for the last forty years, the six distinctive hyperbolic cooling towers standing proud. Whether they were an eyesore or beloved iconic industrial feature has been debated since they were constructed (even inspiring an Ode by poet Kit Wright). To OCV they are a distinctive (and […]

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 […]


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 […]

Take a punt on our OCV socials 1

Eight intrepid OCVers took to the water for our annual punting social event on Thursday 10th July. We met at the Cherwell Boathouse for an evening of messing about on the river. People soon remembered their punting skills and we settled in for a relaxing evening. It was known for beer to have been consumed in […]

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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 […]

Wildflower Meadow Barbecue

Friday night’s social was a barbecue at a private nature reserve in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire called Gray’s Lane Bank. It’s almost like an extension of the owner’s garden, and it’s been so lovingly managed that it’s one of the most impressive wild flower meadows we’ve ever seen. It’s a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which […]


Himalayan Balsam growing tall

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]