Very, is the answer. Especially when it’s something that we have asked for, and waited for, so long. And now, here it is: a new, capacious litter bin in the Shotover car park. A quick peek inside showed that people are already making good use of it.
Let’s hope this helps to reduce the litter on Shotover. Spread the word that it’s there.
While we are it, just a polite request not to have barbecues on Shotover. We often find the remains of disposable barbecues, especially near the picnic tables and under the trees there. It’s a fire risk at the best of times, but particularly so at the moment when everything is tinder-dry.
Tall fencing erected around Horspath Railway Bridge is proving a problem to wildlife. Steel fencing backed by steel mesh on private land next to the bridge area and leading on to Horspath Nature Reserve means that larger wildlife can no longer use this area as safe passage to Shotover. Deer have been filmed running along pavements and in the road trying to find their way through to the Nature Reserve and on to Shotover.
Public hearing sessions on Oxford City’s Local Plan 2016-2036 begin on December 3rd, at 10am in the King’s Centre, Osney Mead.
These hearings are to determine the soundness of the city’s plans for meeting housing need. Although not directly relevant to Shotover, the outcome of plans for housing in the city could have a knock-on effect on plans for new builds in the county.
It’s been a fantastic year for fungi, thanks to the right combination of sunshine and rain. And Shotover is no exception to this bounty of fungi. Some enthusiasts have been picking the edible field mushroom from the woods; others have restricted their interest to photographing the wonderful variety of fungi that have sprouted up throughout the woods.
The above photographs were taken by SPS member Monika Blackwell. Other photographs – on this and other Shotover-related themes – welcome. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 18th, members of the SPS committee showed a a group of 24 Chinese forest planners – complete with interpreter – around parts of Shotover and Brasenose. The visitors were particularly interested to see how local community groups help with woodland management.