How exciting can a new litter bin be?

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.

Archaeology at the AGM

SPS AGM Thursday June 30th 2022 at 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm

Coach House, Quarry Road, Headington OX3 8NX

Non-members welcome

David Griffiths, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education, will give a talk on ‘Archeox: a community archaeology project’ at our AGM.

Archeox is an archaeology project that took place in east Oxford, and was a real exercise in the power of community engagement as well as the interest of archaeological research.

Wildlife corridor blocked, Horspath

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.

If you are interested in reading further, a Horspath resident has started a petition (

Litter-picking: March 26th 2022

Saturday March 26th 2002, 11am – 1pm    

Find us at the car park at the top of Old Road, Headington.

Come and join us as part of the OxClean spring cleaning weekend – for half an hour, an hour or even two hours. Litter-picking tools will be provided.

Public hearings into city’s local plan

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.

Fantastic fungi

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

Chinese forest planners visit Shotover

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.