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.

AGM: 16th July 2019

This year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th July at the Coach House in Headington:
46 Quarry Rd, Oxford OX3 8NU. Meeting starts at 7.45pm. Doors open 7.30pm.

Speaker: Ben Jones, Arboretum Curator, The University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum

Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend!