Wild Banbury Project

Wild Banbury
Spiceball Park/ Hanwell Brook Wetland
Volunteer Programme

Friday 5th April – Hanwell Brook Wetland

Saturday 13th April – Spiceball Park – including ‘Wild Banbury Spring Clean’ community litter pick from 10.30-12.30 – everyone welcome!

Saturday 27th April – Spiceball Park (running alongside the scythe training course)

Friday 10th May – location tbc

Friday 24th May – tbc

Saturday 15th June – tbc

Friday 21st June – tbc


The Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has been particularly busy developing this in both Spiceball Park and Hanwell Brook wetland.
A new webpage has been set up for this project which includes details on the activities being undertaken on the 2 sites. Click the link above for the next volunteer day.

In Spiceball Park the volunteers have been working on the river banks removing excess brash from the newly opened areas as well as undertaking some coppicing work in the woodland area on the east field. The plan is to clear a footpath through one of the planted areas to aid movement on that side of the river.

BBOWT is hoping to undertake some planting on the east field on the landfill area to provide a new habitat type (scrub) which will be attractive to birds. This will aid the biodiversity on this side of the River Cherwell and also compensate for the removal of some trees in other areas.

On the wetland site they have been undertaking more coppicing work where the trees are encroaching onto the open space and board walk.

The programme of work will include the development of ponds on both sites. It is likely that these will dry up in prolonged dry weather however they will provide great habitats for a range of amphibians and insects and useful tools when schools are invited to visit the areas.

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