Welcome to our new Wychwood Learning programme. We have lots of events planned for the year:

How to identify an ancient woodland. Holly Grove near Wilcote. OX7 3AU

Saturday 5 May 11am - 1pm Two hour walk through woodland to discover the plants that indicate the age of the wood and give it ancient woodland status, meaning it has been in-situ for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Learn about the different layers in the woodland and their importance for a full and rich ecosystem. £2 per person, payable on the day. Meet outside the Royal Oak, Ramsden (NOT in their car park). This event is suitable for all but children must be able to walk for a couple of miles. Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

Bird ID walk (looking and listening) around Charlbury with local ornithologists Louise Spicer and Tony Powell

Sunday 13 May, 10am - 1pm. Meet at the Spendlove Centre car park. Three hour gentle walk. This event is now fully booked.

Forage walk. East End Woods, Nr north Leigh Common. OX29 6QE

Monday 28 May. 11am - 2pm
Stroll through the woods and learn about some of the edible plants on offer at this time of year. Bring some bread and cheese (or food of your choice) to go with the wild food and we will lunch at the Roman Villa. Suggested donation £2. Park/meet at the lay-by at the top of the woods. This event is suitable for all ages but young children must be able to walk for a couple of miles.  The footpaths can be muddy and are steep in places.  Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

The Oldest tree in the Wood. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. OX20 1PP

Wednesday 30 May 10am-1pm Learn how to estimate the age of a tree, measure a tree's height, identify trees and think about their timeline and the things they have been witness to. Suggested donation £2. This event is kindly being hosted by Blenheim Palace and we will have exclusive use of their classroom.  Parking is within the grounds and you will be met at the main entrance by the Blenheim Palace Education officer.  This event is aimed at accompanied children aged 8 and above.  Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

Forest discovery walk. Cock Shoot Hill Woods, nr Leafield. OX7 3HN

Saturday 9 June 11am-1pm. Learn to identify trees, learn about some of their timber uses and uncover the history of a wood. Two hour walk of discovery through a part of the Wychwood Forest looking at historical features and exploring clues to previous land-use going back hundreds of years. £2 per person payable on the day. Meet at the entrance to the wood on Hatching Lane (Leafield - Chadlington Road) Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

Bee walk in Chipping Norton with Craig Blackwell (former county ecologist)  OX7 5DY

Wednesday 13 June, 10am - 1pm An opportunity to walk around bee rich green lanes and community woodlands looking at bee friendly plants, bee habitats and (hopefully) bees in the company of Craig who has done so much to raise the profile of Bumble Bees in the North Oxfordshire area. Meet at the Chipping Norton Leisure Centre car park. Suggested donation on the day £2. Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804


Wychwood Walling Day at Cogges Manor Farm, Witney. OX28 3LA

Wednesday 18 July 10am-3pm. Learn to build a Cotswold drystone wall. Work with an experienced local waller to continue the work of previous courses constructing a wall at the historical Cogges Manor Farm. No experience needed, maximum 10 places. Stout boots necessary, all other tools and equipment supplied. Bring lunch or use the on-site Cafe. Booking essential. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

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See our Volunteering page for regular outdoor work parties that you can get involved with. If you are interested in joining a special interest group such as hedgelayers, drystone wallers and Bird Aid, see 'Our Work' page for more information or contact us on 07584 262437  or email