Forest of Oxford - Introduction
What does the Forest of Oxford do? The Forest of Oxford encourages and enables all sections of the community to enhance the environment throughout the City of Oxford by undertaking tree
management and planting. The aim of these initiatives is to develop partnerships with amenity groups, conservation bodies, schools, businesses and other organisations.
The Forest of Oxford is supported by Oxford City Council's Leisure Services,
Parks Dept. and by public donations and contributions.
· To undertake and encourage tree planting and management throughout the city.
· To raise the public awareness of the importance of trees to the city.
· To provide support to local tree groups and to assist with technical advice.
· To arrange meetings as necessary to discuss tree initiatives and policy
· To obtain sponsorship and funding for tree projects, promotion and events.
· To co-ordinate tree policy with Oxford City Council and other organisations.
· To support Agenda 21 initiatives.
· To attend, help and exhibit at various events and publicity that promotes local
environment, and give talks to interested groups
How does the Forest of Oxford work Regular bimonthly meetings are held with
representatives from amenity societies, Oxfordshire Woodland Group, businesses, schools etc. Oxford City Council pays for secretarial support and technical back-up.
Invitation of new projects Ideas for new tree planting schemes should come direct from communities themselves, although some projects may come from council or
amenity groups when they require public involvement. An application form is distributed to those requiring assistance. The planting or management of trees on
land accessible or visible to the public, and close involvement of communities should feature in the applications. Soliciting of ideas from under-represented
communities is encouraged.
Realisation of schemes The Forest of Oxford group liaises with those groups or individuals who have submitted ideas. Surveys may need to be completed, feasibility
ascertained and details discussed. The larger community is consulted. Appropriate and professional landscape design of such projects should be carried out to assist
these schemes and full estimates produced.
Membership Any interested group or individual is allowed to affiliate themselves
with the Forest of Oxford, with approval of the steering committee, and is encouraged to attend the committee meetings.
How businesses can help with funding Businesses, individuals or other
organisations may want to financially support the Forest of Oxford or its projects, in order to benefit from contributing to Charities. In which case the project falls under
the umbrella The Oxfordshire Woodland Group, who are a registered charity. The trustees should be consulted by receiving an outline of each new initiative at the
earliest stage of discussion before being confirmed with the group in order to satisfy their own objectives, thus comply with The Oxfordshire Woodland Group's written
policies for fund-raising and expenditure (obtainable from Forest of Oxford office).
· Forestry Commission
· Oxford Civic Society
· Oxford Conservation Volunteers
· Oxford Preservation trust
· Oxford Tree Club
· Oxford Urban Wildlife Group
· Oxfordshire Woodland Group
· University Botanical Gardens
Local tree groups
· Cowley Road