Bowlers Copse is a short walk from the village between the A41 and the back road to Bicester. The access bridge is on the left immediately after the first link road to the A41.
We meet at the copse on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. and occasional Saturdays from November to March. All tools and refreshments are provided by the Project but you will need to wear warm waterproof clothing, good boots and suitable gloves. New volunteers will be given safety and use of tools training by the team leader on their first session.
If you are interest in joining or would just like to pop along for a tea or coffee at 11:00 then just turn up. For more information contact either: Mike Pearce Tel. 01869 243967 or Jane Burrett Tel. 01869 241823 or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Next working season starts November 2018.
Our objective working in the area from 2003 is to have a bio-diversity project for the village; to clear and replant the area which had been neglected since about 1937 when land was bought to build the road (now the A41 from J9 M40 to Bicester and then to Aylesbury). Also, the idea was to create a community physical activity for interested volunteers.
From autumn 2003 until 2014 volunteers completed clearing fallen trees and rubbish and planted over a 1000 additional hazel and some native species in five small sections. We also have an area with a dew pond without any added hazel for coppicing because of the shade from big trees. Subsequently we have built access bridges, gates, fencing and created a walk through path. If you use the path please close the gates after you.
Since 2014 we started coppicing each section for a second time on an annual cycle of one section per year. We have been doing maintenance in the years which we do not coppice. This means repairing the fencing and gates, clearing fallen trees and extending the footpath.
As some of the volunteers are now in their seventies, we need younger people to drive the project forward and make best use of the amenity we have established. Working in the copse gives enjoyment, exercise and provides education about how villages worked in the past – see the history and use of coppiced materials.