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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 enquiries@ocv.org.uk

Sunday 14 Aug 2022 – Reserve Maintenance at Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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This National Nature Reserve is an OCV favourite. It's set on the chalk slopes that mark the western boundary of the Chiltern Hills. The sheep-cropped grass that covers the chalk is an ideal wild flower habitat. As usual at Aston Rowant we'll be working with one of the wardens. Full details of what we'll be doing, and where and when to meet, will be in the weekly task email as usual, so make sure you've signed up to the OCV mailing list.

  • Leader: Tim Bletsoe
  • Driver: Tim Howard
Sunday 21 Aug 2022 – Meadow Mow & Rake at Iffley Island, Oxford
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A traditional OCV task for high summer: our regular cut of this SSSI by the Thames, on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust. Despite its name the site is not quite an island, but there are houseboats on an inlet to one side and the open river to another. We’ll cut the sedge and reeds and rake the cuttings off so they won’t enrich the soil. The end result is beneficial to the wild flowers on the site, and, in particular, to the fritillaries hereabouts. If the sun shines this is one of the high-lights of the OCV calendar. As last year we’ll be using our set of Austrian Scythes. Look out for more details in the task email.

  • Leader: Tim Bletsoe
  • Driver: Tom Bulford
Sunday 28 Aug 2022 – Grass Raking at St Mary's Fields, Kidlington, Oxfordshire
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As last summer, we'll be working with the determined group of locals who maintain this popular conservation area owned by the local parish council and situated between St. Mary's Church and the river Cherwell. The job is to rake off the mown material from the yearly grass-cut. This is important to keep the fertility of the soil low and so encourage the rarer plants and wildflowers. It will be hard but straightforward work and important for biodiversity. It's a big site, and a big task, but with plenty of excellent home made cake to keep you going into the afternoon. As last year, we'll be using tarpaulins to raft the mown cuttings to the compost dumps.

Friday 2 Sep 2022 – Vegetarian Food 7pm at The Punter, Osney, Oxford
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Join us for vegetarian food at The Punter, a delightful small pub alongside the canal in Osney, just to the west of the city centre. More details will be sent to the email list nearer the time as normal. Contact socials@ocv.org.uk if you'd like to come so we can book a table for the right number of people.

  • Contact: Chris
Sunday 4 Sep 2022 – Meadow Mow and Rake at Cuxham, South Oxfordshire
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We first mowed the meadow in Cuxham back in the summer of 2017. Today we'll return to mow and rake the meadow for the sixth consecutive time. The work gets progressively easier each time we go back, though that's not to say that you can expect an easy day's work! We'll aim to mow a relatively large area of the grass meadow, and to cut back any scrub that's beginning to encroach from the thick hedge-line at the bottom of the site. Everything we cut will need to be shifted, so we'll be using tarpaulins to raft the cut swaths off the meadow. We'll be using the OCV set of Austrian scythes (if you can bring your own, then you'll be more than welcome) and will be working for the local parish council who own and manage the site as a wild flower meadow.

Tuesday 6 Sep 2022 – Committee meeting - 8pm at Oxford Town 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 Jury 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 grab some food beforehand and may go for a drink after the meeting also, you're welcome to join us.

  • Contact: Jenny
Sunday 11 Sep 2022 – Meadow Mow and Rake at North Hinksey Nature Reserve
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Back in July we mowed and raked the community orchard and the perimeter of the flower meadow. Today we'll return to finish the work on the meadow and to prune back more of the willows surrounding the pond. This is an urban reserve, owned and managed by the local parish council, with an unusually complex mixture of habitats in a relatively small space -- a real gem. There will be full details in the weekly task email as usual.

Sunday 18 Sep 2022 – Scrub Control at Jarn Mound and Heath, Boars Hill, Oxford

We've often worked for the Oxford Preservation Trust at Mathew Arnold Field, but just a little further to the east is another OPT property -- the Jarn Mound with its Wild Garden and adjoining Heath. The brainchild of Sir Arthur Evans, a Boars Hill resident, famous for unearthing the palace of Knossos on Crete, the Mound was built as a lookout across the surrounding countryside. The OPT Annual Report for 1931/2 records that the Mound was completed in 1931 taking 20 men 34 months. 50 feet high (giving it a height above sea level of 530 feet), it was topped by a pillar and topograph. In the decades since the surrounding trees have obscured the view and the Heath has reverted to secondary woodland. But OPT have plans for some restoration work and today we'll begin with some scrub control on the Mound itself. It's never easy working on sloping ground and the Mound slopes more than somewhat, so this will be a challenge.

Sunday 25 Sep 2022 – Reserve Maintenance at Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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Aston Rowant is our local National Nature Reserve on the Chiltern escarpment just above the Ridgeway footpath. On a clear day there are extensive views across Aylesbury Vale past, and sometimes over, the Red Kites that cruise the updrafts. It's likely that we'll be working to protect and enhance the chalk grassland habitat. Steph Wilson (one of the Reserve's wardens) has reported exceptional numbers and varieties of butterflies on site this summer, all of which depend on the wild flower populations, which, in turn, depend on the chalk grassland, which is where we come in. As usual exact details of the work planned for today's party will be announced nearer the time via the OCV email list -- so make sure you're signed up!

Tuesday 4 Oct 2022 – Committee meeting - 8pm at Oxford Town 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 Jury 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 grab some food beforehand and may go for a drink after the meeting also, you're welcome to join us.

  • Contact: Jenny
Tuesday 1 Nov 2022 – Committee meeting - 8pm at Oxford Town 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 Jury 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 grab some food beforehand and may go for a drink after the meeting also, you're welcome to join us.

  • Contact: Jenny
Tuesday 6 Dec 2022 – Committee meeting - 8pm at Oxford Town 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 Jury 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 grab some food beforehand and may go for a drink after the meeting also, you're welcome to join us.

  • Contact: Jenny