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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 6 Dec 2020Site Maintenance &Tree-PlantingStansfeld Park, Oxford
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Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry, Oxford is set within 18 acres of woodland with ponds, marshland and meadows. The undulating landscape results from quarrying for limestone in the area that was used to build many of Oxford's colleges, churches and civic buildings. When quarrying ended, a variety of habitats formed, including limestone grassland, woodland, scrub, ponds, and wetland. We'll be working for the Oxford Trust who have rejuvenated the site partly as a local amenity and educational resource, partly as a hub for science and tech commercial start-ups. It's a state of the art development and well worth coming to have a look. Today's task will involve, among other things, some tree-planting under the guidance of Roger Baker, the centre's Outdoor Learning and Ecology Manager. Search online for more on Stansfeld Park under the management of The Oxford Trust.
Leader: Jenny HillDriver: Chris Skepper

Sunday 13 Dec 2020Scrub ControlBurgess 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-door 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 working up at the northern end of the site to check the advance of invasive scrub. We hope to have a couple of tree-poppers on today's task (and no, a tree-popper is neither an OCV volunteer, nor an inhalant). Details, as usual, in the weekly OVC task email.
Leader: Tim BletsoeDriver: Tom Bulford

Sunday 20 Dec 2020Reserve MaintenanceAston 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 and, on a clear day, there are wide views out across the Oxfordshire plain. It's a National Nature Reserve and, as usual, we'll be working alongside the local Natural England warden. It's more likely than not that we'll be on the grassland slopes, but watch out for full details of what we'll be doing, and where we'll be doing it, in the weekly task email.
Leader: Tim BletsoeDriver: Phil Hunter

Sunday 27 Dec 2020Christmas Break
No task today - Yo ho ho! Happy Christmas to everyone who's turned out for OCV this year. See you again soon.
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