ENVIRONMENTALLY-minded volunteers will come together to clear ponds and wetlands in a working party this weekend.

The Wild Oxford project is organising the event, at Raleigh Park in North Hinksey on Saturday, to scythe areas of the wetland and clear willow around the pond. It will run from 10am to 3pm.

Raleigh Park is the fourth site to join the Wild Oxford project, which works to inspire people of all ages to explore wild greens spaces in Oxford.

From November 11, Wild Oxford will also be renewing Monday working parties from 10am to 3pm at Chilswell Valley, where volunteers will be cutting grassland and dogwood scrub at the quarry area.

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Working in partnership with the city council and Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), the organisation plans events, walks and talks throughout the city, and runs workshops on traditional conservation skills including coppicing, hedgelaying and scything.

Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, waterproof boots and clothing, gardening gloves and sun protection, but all other equipment and tools will be provided.

Community Wildlife manager, Andy Gunn, asked that volunteers inform Wild Oxford if they will be joining the troupes, so they can provide tools for everyone.

The Raleigh Park site has good public transport links and parking is available alongside Raleigh Park road and surrounding residential streets.

There are also limited parking spaces at the bottom of Chilswell Path.