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These are our forthcoming events. Details of pick up times and locations are on our FAQ and we send out an email during the week before each task on our Mailing List. For any other questions please contact

Sunday 5 Dec 2021Hazel CoppicingPissen Wood, Oxfordshire
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We last worked in this small private woodland in the winter of 2020 to coppice hazel and install wire cages around the stools to protect the re-growth from grazing deer. Today we'll return to check on progress, coppice a discrete area of hazel, and reposition some of the protective cages. Coppicing will promote new growth in the hazel stools, and keep the understory of the wood in good condition -- light levels at groundlevel level are important for the woodland flowers, and the bluebells hereabouts are especially fine in the spring. We'll also be harvesting hazel stakes and binders for next week's hedge-laying task at Burgess Field.
Leader: Chris SkepperDriver: Phil Hunter

Tuesday 7 Dec 2021Committee meetingTown Hall
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The committee meets once a month to make sure that the group operates smoothly. Meetings are now back in the town hall after a long break, we'll be in the Judge's room. You don't need to be a committee member to join us, but please email secretary@ocv.org.uk if you'd like more information. We'll probably go for a drink after the meeting also.
Contact: Jenny

Sunday 12 Dec 2021Hedge Laying & Site MaintenanceBurgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford
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Burgess Field Nature Park is another Oxford nature reserve that used to be a city landfill site. It's large - 8.5 hectares of more or less open ground, right next to Port Meadow. The land is owned by the City Council, but the hands-on management is kept up by a local Friends group with occasional help from OCV. Given its location the site has huge conservation and recreational potential, and today we'll be doing some work on one of the many hedge-lines on site. The plan is to lay another length of hedge further on from our last day’s work back in February. We’ll be using the stakes and binders we harvested last week to knit the new section together. There will be other work to tackle besides the hedge, so make sure you’ve signed up for the leader’s task email via the OCV mailing list for details!
Leader: Chris SkepperDriver: Tom Bulford

Friday 17 Dec 2021Christmas CurryIt's a surprise
Join us for a not-very-traditional Christmas meal before the holiday season gets underway. This will most likely be a curry somewhere on Cowley Road. Everyone is welcome to join us, no matter whether you're a regular volunteer or you'd like to find out more about OCV. More details in an email nearer the time, so make sure you're on our mailing list.
Contact: Chris

Sunday 19 Dec 2021Reserve Maintenance / Hedge LayingAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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Our final task of the year brings us back to Aston Rowant, one of our favourite sites perched on the cusp of the Chilterns. It's more likely than not that we'll be working on the hedge at the top of Hill Lane, but watch out for full details of what we'll be doing and where we'll be doing it in the weekly task email. There will be more hedge laying in the new year, so this is a great chance to get your eye and arm well and truly grooved.
Leader: Tim BletsoeDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 26 Dec 2021Christmas Break
Today is Boxing Day - take the day off! Happy Christmas.
 

Tuesday 4 Jan 2022Committee meetingTown Hall
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The committee meets once a month to make sure that the group operates smoothly. Meetings are held in the town hall and we'll be in the Judge's room. You don't need to be a committee member to join us, but please email secretary@ocv.org.uk if you'd like more information. We'll probably go for a drink after the meeting also.
Contact: Jenny

Tuesday 1 Feb 2022Committee meetingTown Hall
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The committee meets once a month to make sure that the group operates smoothly. Meetings are held in the town hall and we'll be in the Judge's room. You don't need to be a committee member to join us, but please email secretary@ocv.org.uk if you'd like more information. We'll probably go for a drink after the meeting also.
Contact: Jenny

Tuesday 1 Mar 2022Committee meetingTown Hall
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The committee meets once a month to make sure that the group operates smoothly. Meetings are held in the town hall and we'll be in the Judge's room. You don't need to be a committee member to join us, but please email secretary@ocv.org.uk if you'd like more information. We'll probably go for a drink after the meeting also.
Contact: Jenny