VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help with a day of scything and scrub bashing at an Oxford nature reserve tomorrow.

The Wild Oxford team will be clearing weeds at Rivermead Nature Park in Rose Hill to encourage more wildflowers.

Tools – including some scythes – will be provided, but anyone who has their own is welcome to bring it.

Helpers are advised to bring sturdy boots, gardening gloves and a packed lunch.

Describing the plan for the day, Wild Oxford project leader Andy Gunn said: "We will be working to extend the glade area in the middle of the reserve, this will involve some scrub bashing and scything to create bare ground and encourage more wildflowers and woodland species to thrive.

"Glades are important part of any woodland and provide a more diverse structure and sheltered open areas which are favoured by butterflies, other invertebrates and wildflowers."

Mr Gunn also took the opportunity to thank all the volunteers who had helped with the Wild Oxford Project, run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, over the past year.

He said: "You have all contributed a huge amount to helping these special reserves in Oxford and I receive so many positive comments from people about the amazing work you do.

"So from me and Ed, BBOWT, Oxford City Council and people who enjoy The Wild Oxford Sites - THANK YOU.

"I feel very lucky to work with such a brilliant group of people and we couldn't do this without your support."

He added: "As this is the last work party of year it has become tradition for me to make lunch for you all - although I haven't quite decided what to make yet I can promise some tasty vegetarian food and some cakes."

Find out more about Wild Oxford at oxford.gov.uk/info/20003/parks_and_open_spaces/877/wild_oxford_project