WWV… no, not a website address gone wrong – it’s Witney Woodland Volunteers. Set up in 2006, the focus of our Monday mornings has until recently been sustaining footpaths, hedges and wooded areas in the town. Most of our concern has been concentrated on the areas bordering the Windrush, but we respond to varied invitations from schools and local groups. We have planted hundreds of appropriate trees and flowers where the environment can benefit, and we hope that all who walk or cycle in the town will have noticed (albeit perhaps subliminally!) the results of our care.
As with many groups of this nature, our focus has evolved and expanded. We are firm believers in the notion “Think globally, act locally”, and in keeping with our local brief we have added two major projects to our portfolio. The first is in conjunction with the District Council: we are currently finalising an agreement which will give us rights to a four-acre site adjoining Deer Park. For over a year, we have worked closely with planners to evolve a design for the site which will create a landscaped public access area for future generations.
The second major project is with the Wychwood Project and is on a larger scale. The Project has invested in 22 acres of farmland on the north-east fringe of Witney with the intention of creating Wychwood’s newest and largest community woodland. It’s a massive undertaking, and as the local hands-on group, WWV has been involved from the start. It’s a case of “watch this space” as this major project emerges from an expanse of grazing land.
If your interest is whetted, you can find out more from our website or email Juliet Curry <email@example.com>. Most of us focus on Monday mornings, when our main weekly task is timetabled – but there are opportunities in the group for those with particular talents to be involved in other activities.