Events

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

Bumble Bee walk in Chipping Norton with Craig Blackwell (former county ecologist) Applegarth Garden Centre OX7 5SY

Sat 4 August 11am - 1pm. Bumble Bee learning session with Craig Blackwell (former county ecologist).   Meet at Applegarth Garden Centre to see their bee patch - and bee friendly plants, then a walk to the meadow for bees at Chipping Norton Medical Centre. Learn all about the bumble bee's life cycle and what plants we can put in our gardens to support them. Suggested donation on the day £2. Family event, booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

Have a go Pole lathing at Combe Mill, OX29 8ET. An event for adult and child pairs.

Monday 22nd October. 2 time slots, 10.30am - 1.00pm & 1.30pm - 4.00pm, 4 pairs per slot.  Learn to use a shave horse and Pole lathe to create an item of your choice from a fresh log, cut from the local woodland; dibber, candlestick, baseball bat. There will be 4 lathes and each pair will share 1 for the duration of the session along with an experienced tutor. The event is outside so bring appropriate clothing and footwear.  There is a well appointed cafe room on site for drinks but bring your own food if you would like. The Mill is not in steam and the focus of the session is the pole lathing. Booking essential, £30 per pair, due to the effort required children need to be 11 or over. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07891 134804

Cotswold Walling at Foxburrow Woods, Witney, OX29 9UN

Tuesday 9th October 10am - 3pm.  Learn to build a Cotswold dry stone wall.  Work with experienced local wallers to begin the construction of a feature wall around the pond by the bridge.  No experience necessary.  Tuition will cover: Batter frames, foundations, building and cheek ends. All tools and equipment provided, bring stout boots, gloves if you have them and suitable clothing. Drinks will be on offer in the Wychwood Gazebo but you will need to bring lunch. Portable loo will be on site.  Booking essential, £35 per person. Maximum 8 places. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804
 

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PAST EVENTS

Wychwood Walling Day at Cogges Manor Farm, Witney. OX28 3LA  - Sorry but this event is now fully booked. 18/6/18

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. £30 per person. Booking essential. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

 

Bumble 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

 

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.  Meet at the entrance to the wood on Hatching Lane (Leafield - Chadlington Road) Suggested donation on the day £2. Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804
 
Sorry but this walk has had to be cancelled.  Many apologies but we will reschedule it soon.  Please see the other walks we have on and join us on 1 of those!
 

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.  This event is kindly being hosted by Blenheim Palace, so there is no entrance fee, 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.   Suggested donation £2. Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804

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.  As we will be eating this is not suitable for dogs. Booking recommended . Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804
 

To book onto any of the events please contact us on info@wychwoodproject.org.uk  This will enable us to manage numbers and inform you directly of any changes.

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 info@wychwoodproject.org.uk

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.  Meet at the entrance to the wood on Hatching Lane (Leafield - Chadlington Road) Suggested donation on the day £2. Booking recommended. Contact on the day Toby Swift 07981 134804
 
Sorry but this walk has had to be cancelled.  Many apologies but we will reschedule it soon.  Please see the other walks we have on and join us on 1 of those!