WWV has around 30 members – alongside other projects, we offer two hours on Monday mornings cutting back overgrowth and regular weeding of paths around the town. We aim to make Witney a more pleasant place to live. The town is a lot tidier since WWV began, and has benefited from a series of flower, shrub and tree plantings.
The Windrush River passes through the town, bordered by water meadows and small areas of woodland which have remained largely unchanged over the centuries. These areas need constant management. In recent years, new footpaths and cycle tracks have been developed along the river, together with a new Country Park and the Witney Lakes Park. We support and develop these areas as a resource for people and wildlife.
The group was set up in June 2006: we were encouraged by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) to help with maintenance tasks. Witney Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council, which also care for some public paths in Witney, have also given the volunteers their support.
The Group is independently constituted (a copy of the Constitution is available here) but has its roots in a wider volunteer group, the Wychwood Project, which undertakes conservation activities in the ancient Wychwood Forest area.