Billhooks and Rural Skills galore at the Wychwood Forest Fair this Sunday!

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The sun was definitely shining on the annual Wychwood Forest Fair held at Cornbury Park this Sunday as visitors enjoyed local beer and cider, Morris dancing, archery and much more.

An array of rural skills were on display with skilled craftsmen, such as The Oxfordshire Woodland Craft Group, demonstrating their work to the public. As well as the Cotswolds Conservation Board, many local interest groups and volunteers were out in force promoting the landscapes and wildlife of Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Charlbury Green Hub were promoting the benefits of sustainable development, whilst the Wychwood Project Orchard Group were providing samples of their delicious apples now that autumn and apple season is nearly upon us!

Originally began in the 18th century, the fair is now an annual celebration of local rural life and landscape conservation set around the cause of the Wychwood Project, which seeks to conserve and restore the historically significant former Royal hunting Forest of Wychood. The project aims to encourage people to understand, conserve and restore its rich mosaic of landscapes and wildlife habitats. The Wychwood Project area includes 41 parishes, some 120 square miles, of which a significant proportion sits within the Cotswolds AONB.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board supports the aims of the Wychwood Project and has previously funded elements of the project through its Sustainable Development Fund.

To find out more about the Wychwood Project follow this link.

See you next year!