Current volunteering opportunities

 

Volunteering with the Wychwood Project is a great way to pick up skills, make friends and feel part of an enthusiastic team. Whether it's indoors, outdoors or at events, there is something here for everyone. 

 

CORONAVIRUS

Wychwood Project volunteering sessions will resume from 29th March, when the rule of six is introduced, with appropriate COVID–19 precautions. To keep things as safe as possible, only 5 people will be allowed to join a session and you must book in! Please contact toby@wychwoodproject.org.uk if you intend to join us on any work parties.

Most of our work parties occur during the week but, if you want to join in but only have weekends to spare please contact us on info@wychwoodproject.org.uk or 07584 262437 to discuss it, we are happy to oblige!  A task list with dates and places is below and events will be put onto Facebook the month before.

 

Regular Work Parties

Wigwell Nature Reserve: 2nd Wednesday of each month. Nine Acres Rd, Charlbury, OX7 3QZ
Foxburrow Wood: 4th Thursday of each month. Foxburrow Lane, Witney, OX29 9XL
Woodstock Water Meadows: 4th Friday of each month. Glyme Close, Woodstock, OX20 1LB

A group of volunteers in woodland.We invite you to join our experienced and knowledgeable staff to get stuck into a variety of habitat managment tasks.  The work varies depending on the season and which site we are on. No experience is necessary for any of the tasks, and you'll be given full training and instruction.

Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work including stout boots and gloves. We provide all tools but you can bring your own hand tools if you would prefer. Unfortunately, we generally can't provide toilet facilities.

Come and get some fresh air and exercise, meet some friendly fellow volunteers - and help the Wychwood Project!

  • Activities run from 10am to 12.30pm unless otherwise stated
  • While COVID restrictions are in place, please let us know in advance if you are planning to attend. 
  • Please check our Facebook page before setting out in case of any last minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control (such as bad weather). 
  • You don't need to stay for the whole session if you don't have the time (or energy!)

 

One-off opportunities

Volunteer Warden

We are looking for eyes and ears on our four conservation sites.  This responsible role, as a Warden at Foxburrow Wood (Witney), Wigwell Nature Reserve (Charlbury), Woodstock Water Meadow (Woodstock) or Grimmes (Witney) will help our Conservation Officer manage these areas for both conservation and responsible public enjoyment.  No expertise is necessary. 

If you are interested in this role, please contact Toby on 07981 134804.

Drystone Walling

Weather- (and COVID-) permitting we meet every Monday and Tuesday, starting on site around 9.30am and finishing around 3pm. You are welcome to join on either day and stay as long as you wish. All tools and training are provided, but please bring your own gloves and refreshments. The work is often away from any shelter so be prepared for the British weather as we get into autumn. If you decide the drystone waller's life is for you and want to join us regularly you will need steel toecap boots....

The team have just finished a very complicated job at St Mary's Church, Charlbury. The wall was terribly overgrown and when the brambles and ivy were cleared away the wall was in a shocking condition! It collapsed rather suddenly during the stripping out, which was a bit alarming but ultimately helpful. They're now working on the wall at Nine Acres Recreation Ground in Charlbury. They would be happy to welcome new volunteers, so once restrictions are lifted please go along on a Monday or Tuesday and join in. 

If you have any questions about our Walling Group, please contact toby@wychwoodproject.org.uk

Wychwood Flora Group

In 2013 the Cotswolds Rare Plants Group (CRPG) joined the Wychwood Project and was renamed the Wychwood Flora Group.

The CPRG, formed in March 1995 by a small group of keen botanists and conservationists, aimed to gather information about the rare plants of West Oxfordshire and to use this information to manage their sites to ensure their survival. By 2012 they were finding it difficult to continue their work, but with the Wychwood Project's support the group has blossomed and is now thriving. 

Monitoring rare plants is the group's primary activity but members also carry out botanical surveys and go out into the countryside to record wildflowers. The Flora Group is always keen to welcome new members, so please get in touch with us at info@wychwoodproject.org.uk if you would like to join. 

Event Assistants

This summer we will be taking a stall at a variety of events to help raise awareness of the Wychwood Forest and the work of our charity.  If you enjoy talking to people and don't mind being on your feet for a few hours at a time, this could be the role for you.  You will receive plenty of information about our work so that you are fully in 'the know' about what we do and how we like to present our organisation.  A great CV builder, or a way to chat to a wide range of interested people.

Skill sharing

Could you lead a walk/talk on your specialist subject? Or do you have a particular conservation skill that you could share with others in a session or workshop? From fungi to bat identification, stargazing to badger watching, we would love to hear from you. 

Please get in touch with us at info@wychwoodproject.org.uk

Paid employment

At the moment there are no vacancies for paid employment at the Wychwood Project.