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, indoors, outdoors, at events...there is something for everyone. Scroll down for details of our regular monthly work-parties, every first Saturday and every third Thursday.

 

Wychwood Project work parties

A group of volunteers in woodland.No experience is necessary for any of the tasks (full training and instruction is part of the day) but you should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work including stout boots and gloves; tools are provided but you can bring your own (hand tools only); activities usually take place with 'behind the hedge' loo facilities only!

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

  • activities run from 9.30am to 3pm unless otherwise stated
  • there is normally no need to book (the listing will say if booking is required); but do check our facebook page before setting out in case of any last minute changes due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control
  • you don't need to stay for the whole session if you don't have time (or energy!)

 

Thursday 18 January. Pudlicote

Planting around a thousand trees! Meet up at 10.00-10.15 for a 10.30 start, finishing around 3pm.

Bring a packed lunch and a flask; wear suitable clothing and strong footwear.  'Behind the hedge' loo facilities only. If you have your own spade you are welcome to bring it, although we do have some stock ones.  Parking at The Mill, Ascott-under-Wychwood, OX7 6AP, then  a short walk across the field, over the river via a pedestrian bridge to the planting area.

OS X (Eastings) 430784   OS Y (Northings) 219339   Nearest Post Code OX7 6AP    Lat (WGS84) N51:52:18 (51.871780)  Long (WGS84) W1:33:15 (-1.554278)

 Lat, Long 51.871780,-1.554278    Nat Grid SP307193 / SP3078419339

Saturday 3 and Thursday 15 February. Beevis Farm Nr Charlbury

Coppicing; a traditional method of woodland management. Beevis Farm, Stonesfield Lane, Charlbury.  Meeting place and further details to follow.

Wed 7, Fri 16 and Sat 24 February - supporting the Cotswold Wardens - planting a new 1.5 hectare woodland with 1600 trees on the Bruern Estate, Lyneham. 

There will be a mixture of species with 40% oak similar to the Ancient Forest.   They will be protected with 1.5 m guards and stakes all spaced at 2.5m. Access will be via Merriscourt Farm. Timings tbc. 
 

Thursday 1 March. Ascott-under-wychwood

Planting a traditional wildlife hedge using native GB species. Meeting place and further details to follow.

Saturday 3 March. Saltway Nr Charlbury

Hedgelaying on the Saltway, Ditchley Nr Charlbury.  (Take the Ditchley Road out of Charlbury, turn right at the Lodge entrance to the Park, follow the track to New Ditchley Farm (shown as Dustfield Farm on OS maps), pass the farm and the meet up point is on the right - look out for the WP truck. Please note the nearest facilities other than behind the hedge are in Charlbury. Don't forget your gloves! Activity leader is James Aylward, WP Conservation Officer 07907 905070

Thursday 15 March. Woodstock water meadows

Logs for labour - tree work and possibly a bonfire.  Meet at the garages at the foot of Brook Hill (by the A44), and take home some firewood.

Dry Stone Walling

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

More information: email the office: info@wychwoodproject.org.uk

Paid employment

There are no current vacancies for paid employment at the Wychwood Project.