Hedge-laying Course at Boundary Brook Nature Reserve with expert trainer Clive Leeke

Due to a last minute cancellation, Oxford Urban Wildlife Group has a few spaces left on the following course. If you are interested, please email info@ouwg.org.uk:

Saturday 4th December 2021

9.30am – 3.30pm

The courses will cover:

  • Assessing the hedge
  • Choice of style
  • Tools and sharpening (including health and safety)
  • Lay your own section of hedge
  • Aftercare
  • Questions and answers

 Please bring: 

  • packed lunch
  • sturdy/weatherproof footwear and clothing
  • work gloves and safety boots if you have them (but spare work gloves can be provided)
  • any of your own tools (billhook, loppers, bowsaw/silky saw, axe) if you have them (but, again, these can be provided)

New keys – more details

  • Why do we need to change the locks?

The old padlocks are worn and cannot be closed easily.

The new padlocks will improve site security.

  • How will the new keys improve security?

Keys cannot be duplicated, and each has a unique number. Therefore, each numbered key belongs to a registered plotholder.

  • Who can have a key?

One key is available for each registered current plotholder.

  • What if a plot has joint plotholders?

Keys are available for each REGISTERED current plotholder (up to maximum of two names per plot.)

  • What is the cost of the new padlocks and keys for the Association?

Changing the locks is expensive. The cost of each key is £15.00. The cost of all the keys, padlocks and fitting the padlocks is over £2,500. The Association is paying 50% of the price of the keys for CURRENT registered plotholders only. NEW plotholders will pay the full price of £15.00.

  • How much will registered plotholders pay for keys?

Each current registered plotholder will pay a  DEPOSIT of £7.50 for each key. When they return the key on giving up the plot, they will receive £15.00.

New plotholders (joining after November 2021) will pay a deposit of £15.00

  • When will the padlocks be replaced with new padlocks?

The new locks will hopefully be installed on Monday 29th November.

  • When can registered plotholders collect keys?

The first opportunity for collecting keys is Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of November 10-12.00 on both days. Other times will be offered to people who cannot come on those days.

  • Where can keys be collected?

Keys will be distributed in the shop and deposits can only be paid by card (No cash).

  • What if keys are lost?

In the case of lost keys, copies can only be obtained from the Association by contacting the Membership Secretary, membership@ewaa.org.uk

The cost of each replacement will be £15.

  • Any further questions?

If there any further questions, please contact chair@ewaa.org.uk

Please help us by checking that your contact details are correct. Thank you!

New padlocks – price change

Due to unforeseen costs, all new padlock keys will be £7.50 (payable by card only). One will be available to each main plotholder, with the option to purchase a second for a named joint plotholder. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th/21st November between 10 and 12, as previously stated. We will also be checking we have the right contact details recorded for everyone.

padlock picture

New padlocks

Important information for all EWAA plotholders:

New padlocks are coming!

All EWAA plotholders will need to collect new keys and pay an additional key deposit.

Please collect the keys from the shop on:

Saturday 20th November 10-12.00

Sunday 21st November 10-12.00

Key deposit: CHANGE – £7.50.

£12.50 new plotholders

 £2.50 existing plotholders

AGM update

The EWAA Annual General Meeting October 17th 2021 was attended by 24 plotholders. Full Draft Minutes will be on the website soon.

Thanks to all those who turned up, and those who have joined or remained on the committee. If you are interested in any finding out more about any of the vacant posts, do get in touch. Until we have a shop officer confirmed, we will not have a shop!


New Committee for 2021-2022

Committee officers:

Chair: Meryl Wilford
Vice-chair (Vacant)
Treasurer: Jon Willis
Membership Secretary: Mike Yeadon
Shop Officer: (Vacant)
Communications Officer Clare Ferguson
Tools and MachineryTony Flett
Secretary: (Vacant)

Committee members
Dan Thorpe
George Murray
Simon Bazley
Mike McNaboe
Nina Allen
Sarah Pollard
Andra Pirvu
Bridget Henderson

Approval of non-committee shop duty only volunteers
Helen Edwards
Vicky Bell
Jane Nimmo-Smith

Trustees
Meryl Wilford,
Pat Mansfield
Chris Clifford

Vote of thanks!

This weekend over 20 members joined the two morning work parties, to help clear the mass of bramble and brush that was threatening to take over our paths and car parks. Some people came on both days, so a particular thank-you goes to them, and to the brownie bakers, and to Tony & Dan for coordinating the task force.

EWAA Committee