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Events coming soon
Sunday 25th February - please come and help with hedge planting at The Park. We'll be meeting at 9:30am at South Stoke Village Hall, everyone's welcome, the more the merrier and many hands make light work - please join us!
*** New photos ***
We've updated our gallery and now have a page of damselflies and dragonflies seen in South Stoke, courtesy of SSWCG Trustee John Lindley.
We are happy to announce that we can now share John's awesome presentation at the Why iRecord? Virtual Symposium
How iRecord Helps a Local Wildlife Group - John Lindley
South Stoke Wildlife & Conservation Group are trying to monitor biodiversity within our village. This presentation covers our recording activities, how we identify what we've found, and our experiences of using iRecord. We aim to use the information we gather to monitor trends for some of the key species that are present in our village.
Grass cutting & clear-up session - Oct 2023
SSWCG had a grass cutting and clear-up session on Sunday 22nd October at White Hill Quarry. This maintenance helps support the growth of wildflowers on the site.
South Stoke Wildlife & Conservation Group recently became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and as such we can now claim Gift Aid.
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Thank you for your support :-)
Hedge planting - March 2023
SSWCG completed their final hedge planting session of the season on Sunday 5th March. Thanks to everyone who came along to help. Thanks also to The Conservation Volunteers for the whips and Guy Hildred for permission to plant a hedge next to Icknield Road.
Caring for our local fruit trees - Sunday 5th February
We had a great morning tending to the South Stoke community orchard on the recreation ground. First we learnt a technique for deciding what branches to remove and what to keep (thanks Paul and Chris), then the group were let loose, pruning the apple and pear trees. Other volunteers put cardboard down around the base of the trees to supress the grass and covered it with compost to nurish the trees. Great job by all - thank you to those who helped out!
Hedge planting - Jan 2023
The tally so far this season for new hedging planted by the Wildlife Group stands at a magnificent 350m! - just over 300m east of Postman's Path up on the prairie and c. 40m along the Bier Path between the Village Hall and the Church.
Our thanks go to all the volunteers who showed up to help (in some pretty miserable conditions on occasion!), to Martin Bullock and the Parish Council who gave us permission to plant in those particular areas, to the providers of whips, canes and guards which came from various sources, and to our local District Councillor, Maggie Filipova-Rivers, who not only arranged some funding for the project through the Councillor Community Grants Scheme, but also showed up on the wettest day to dig holes and plant whips.
We must now hope that there isn't another severe drought in the summer, to give the plants time to establish themselves and prosper into a thriving and biodiverse new hedge.
The CPRE ('the Countryside Charity') has recently published its 'Hedgerow Heroes' report. Roselle Chapman, a friend of SSWCG, led the Oxfordshire contribution for Wild Oxfordshire:
‘The strength of the Oxfordshire project was in its grassroots engagement with communities, building up a whole network of people who are now inspired to care for their local hedgerows. It’s been a great partnership between Wild Oxfordshire and CPRE Oxfordshire and we hope this can be repeated in the future.’ Helen Marshall, Director CPRE Oxfordshire. You can read the full report here. For more information on CPRE Oxfordshire's Hedgerow Heroes project click here
SSWCG responded to a request from the PC for ideas on how The Park may be used in the future, and submitted a proposal for a Community Garden. The proposal was available for all to see and discuss on Saturday, 26th March, in the Village Hall. In preparation for the meeting we created a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document which you can download and read/print on the Community Gardens page. On the same page we've added a summary of the presentation and a document on the management of the gardens.
CAG Oxfordshire is a network of almost 100 community action groups working across the county to green and sustainable ends. Social Farms & Garden is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together.
worth a read
For a really inspiring read: 'I feel I've made a mark': the man who built homes for 60,000 swifts
Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study
Ten ways to be more sustainable in your garden - practical advice from the RHS
UK dragonflies are benefitting from climate change. Read all about it
CPRE releases groundbreaking new research into hedgerows. Read more here
The insect apocalypse: insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they perform. Read the Guardian article here
Jays and grey squirrels get planting! Half the trees in two new woods were planted by jays scientists find. Read more here
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