0 Month Streak
12 Month Streak
Sun 27th Nov at 10:00am
The C S Lewis Nature Reserve is one of Oxford's many pockets of nature. Managed by BBOWT and some dedicated local residents, it is a lovely patch of woodland with a large pond surrounded by the residential streets of Risinghurst.
One of the big challenges in the Nature Reserve recently has been people walking and biking off the footpaths, causing erosion and destroying areas of wildflowers. In some areas it is so bad that there is concern that the soil erosion is undercutting the tree roots and will cause those trees to topple one day - hopefully not on top of an unsuspecting visitor! To try and stop further damage our task was to help use some logs and branches to create natural barriers along the edges of the footpaths so that it is more obvious to people which are the rights of way. Quite a few trees have had to come down recently due to Ash die back, so although sad that gave us a lot of materials to work with.
2 hours of hard work, and we had created barriers in 3 of the most critical areas of the Nature reserve - at the top and bottom of the 'cliff' and also along a long section of the footpath up through the woods.
Sat 5th Nov at 10:30am
Picture the scene. It's early November- breezy and slightly raining- there are leaves coming off the trees at a rate of knots. Not just a few leaves, there are MANY MANY leaves. 10 intrepid GoodGymers made their way back to Littlemore Village Hall to help them clear leaves from their front space and paths. We'd previously helped at the Hall in July and it was wonderful to be back! We managed to get about 90% of the leaves cleared and safely into a space to be composted. Whilst one team ensured no leaf was left behind, another team had begun to plant some spring bulbs- they got a head start on being watered into the ground as it then began to rain steadily. That meant cake and tea in the Hall. We are always so well looked after by the lovely Hall team and it was lovely to see them again! Hopefully we'll be able to come back to the Hall soon to see the bulbs in bloom! A fabulous effort everyone and a big welcome to James on joining us for the first time, lovely to meet you!