This eyecatching swift in University Parks in Oxford is a fine sculpture, but it also provides bespoke nest boxes to tempt swifts to nest here. The swift tower was created as part of the RSPB’s two-year Swift City Project which has increased awareness of our endangered swift population, encouraged better swift recording and also ensured that more swift nest boxes are installed around the city. TOE was delighted to provide a grant towards the swift tower with funds from Grundon Waste Management. We do hope that swifts will like it too!
One of the cornerstones of the "Incredible Edible" philosophy is to create more resilent communities by encouraging local communities to grow more food. The Hook Norton group has created "incredible beds" on unused, unloved bits of land with the intention of growing fruit, vegetables and herbs for members of the local community to help themselves to. A TOE grant funded by Grundon supported the creation of the beds, which one year on are well cared for by Incredible volunteers, and looking very productive. TOE would welcome enquiries from other local food groups for similar projects to encourage communities to get involved with growing food.
The excellent work of the South Chilterns Path Maintnenance Volunteers (SCPMV) continues, improving local rights of way in their area of the Chilterns. Their latest project in Berrick Salome Parish has improved access between the village and neighbouring communities by replacing stiles with gates. TOE welcomes funding applications from projects that improve access to local green spaces and encourage more people to walk rather than take the car.
The next deadline for TOE grant applications is the 3rd September. Contact us with your project ideas; we support projects which improve biodiversity, access to green spaces and support the low carbon agenda, making Oxfordshire richer in wildlife more sustainable.
TOE's new website has gone live today. We've changed our name slightly, having dropped the '2' from TOE2, but most of the content otherwise remains the same. We just wanted to make it feel a bit more up to date and easier to find key information.
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From the Wildlife Trusts' website:
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