During 2009 LCWO set up a tree and wildlife group which subsequently amalgamated with the West Oxford Wildlife group. During the year LCWO members, school children and Woodcraft Folk, planted 640 trees with the support of the Forest of Oxford Charity.
The school children named the three tree planted areas “Wiggly Waggly Wood”, “Peace Wood” and “The Wild West Wood”. The trees will sequester around 64 tonnes of carbon dioxide and help to reduce flood risk by absorbing water.
The group also set up a new wildlife area, again with support from the Forest of Oxford, on the site of the former playground in Botley Park. The site has been planted with many varieties of native trees, wildflowers and shrubs and has been named Kingfisher Corner. There are plans to place owl and bat boxes there and other measures to encourage wildlife.
West Oxford Tree Planting