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Wychwood Forest Flyer - March 2018

In this issue:
March Hedgelaying cancelled
Temporary Admin. support needed
Limited spaces left for Wood Whittling
Sunday 2nd September!
Stone walling update
Wychwood volunteering: conservation work-parties

R.E.S.C.U.E book series from local author

With apologies for the short notice - blizzard conditions in Charlbury as we go to press have forced the cancellation of the hedgelaying workparties on the Saltway, Thursday 1st & Saturday 3rd March

Temporary administrative support needed
We are looking for some part-time help on a freelance basis to assist with  a wide range of  administrative tasks.  You need to be really good at using Microsoft Office especially Word and Excel, and preferably have experience of working on Office 365.  You will also need to know  your way around QuickBooks or similar book keeping packages so that you can make payment entries. If you have around 10 - 14 hours per week available, please email or give us a call on 07584 262437

Family Fun Wood Whittling and Carving with David Knight.

Whittling Wood with a keen knife has a noble tradition. Take advantage of children's natural fascination with carving wood to teach them respect for sharp tools, to act safely and responsibly - but also to have fun, letting their creativity loose along with the wood chips!

This session is for children aged 10-14 and their parents/carers to explore the world of wood whittling and carving. All tools and materials will be provided for the event. Participants are encouraged to bring any whittling or pen knives they may have to receive expert advice on their use for wood carving and advice on sharpening.

There are just two remaining places available for adult/children pairs (and we expect the adults to join in too!)

Thursday 5 April 10.30am -1.30pm £30 per pair.

Booking essential - book here or email

Sunday 2nd September

Save the date for the annual Wychwood Forest Fair! 

If you would like to join the dedicated team of volunteers who help to organise and manage the Fair we'd love to hear from you!

We are also always on the look-out for new stands, attractions, entertainers and crafters...

....and would also like to hear from you if  you have visited the Fair in previous years and have any suggestions for different things you would like to see at the Fair

Stonewalling update

The stone walling group report that they have several projects in the pipe-line but are awaiting delivery of stone at the end of March / early April. The projects incude two churches - and the group are always interested to hear of others needing help with traditional dry stone walls.

The group usually meets every Monday & Tuesday (weather permitting), and welcome new members on either or both days. All tools and training needed are provided, but you would need your own gloves and refreshments. The work is often away from any shelter so be prepared for all weathers. If you decide the drystone waller's life is for you and you join us regularly you will need steel toe cap boots....stones can be heavy!  If you are interested in joining the group, or have a project you would like to put to them, email the office at  and we will forward your message.

Wychwood volunteering -  conservation work-parties

Sat 7 & Thurs 19 April 9.30am - 3pm Woodstock water meadows. Habitat restoration: helping keep the ditches clear of debris. Meet at the garages at the foot of Brook Hill (by the A44).

Sat 5 May 9.30am-3pm Wigwell Nature Reserve, Charlbury. Habitat restoration / site maintenance. Meet at the entrance to the reserve, next to the Scout Hut on Nine Acres Lane, OX7 3QZ

Thurs 17 May & Sat 2 June 9.30am-3pm Foxburrow Wood - Fruit tree pruning. Meet in the car park at the entrance to the wood, Foxbburrow Lane, OX29 9UN

Thur 21 June & Sat 7 July. Woodstock water meadows. Hand pulling the invasive, non-native, Himalayan Balsam. Meet at the garages at the foot of Brook Hill by the A44 70

Volunteering with the Wychwood Project is a great way to pick up skills, make friends and feel part of an enthusiastic team. No experience is necessary for any of the tasks (instruction is part of the day) but you must wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work including stout boots and gloves; tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own (hand tools only); please note that most activities take place with 'behind the hedge' loo facilities only! Activities run from 9.30am to 3pm unless otherwise stated but you don't need to stay for the whole session if you don't have time or energy! The listing will say if booking is required.  

Find out more

Rare Endangered Species for Children's Understanding and Education by local author Bill Eggington 

We've been asked to give a mention to a new series of children's books highlighting the global issue of threatened animals - available from a bookshop near you

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