Saturday 24th March 2018 at 2.00pm saw our first litter pick, postponed from earlier in the month because of the snow. Hundreds of bottles and cans were collected along with abandoned bicycles and clothing, a chemical toilet, barbed wire and a quantity of plastic of all sorts. Many thanks to all those who came along to help.
Over the last 18 months, up to September 2019, we have cleared almost a kilometre of an old barbed wire fence along the railway line, removing large amounts of litter at the same time. We have planted wood anemones and honeysuckle, sown wildflower seed in several small areas, and installed a barn owl box. We have also put a lot of effort into clearing unwanted scrub, enthusiastically helped by the Oxford Conservation Volunteers, in order to preserve a balance between open grassland and wooded areas. All this work has been done by volunteers, with the support of the City Council, and funded by donations from the Friends.
We now have our own set of tools, and have work parties usually on Saturday afternoons. Our major projects for 2019 / 2020 are creating a wildflower meadow on the central South field (see the hand drawn map), planting honeysuckle, traveller's joy and carefully chosen smaller trees along the railway line, and bulbs, bluebell, snowdrop, ramsons and wild daffodils, in selected spots round Burgess Field.
Do get in touch to join us for our work parties!