Why become a member?

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The minibus outside a very important venue

You don't need to become a member to volunteer with OCV, but, there are lots of great things about volunteering with OCV:

  • A fun day out in the countryside on Sundays.
  • Free transport to the site
  • Hot drinks resembling tea, and plenty of biscuits
  • Lots of opportunities to learn new skills
  • Free use of tools and gloves
  • A great talking point on your CV (this really works, try it next time you have a job interview: I trim sheep's toenails)
Vital tea making equipment

There are some very definite benefits that come with membership:

  • The right to vote in committee elections
  • The option go on residential trips
  • A rather lovely membership card
  • Free training days
  • OCV branded clothing
  • A warm fuzzy feeling, knowing your money went to a good cause!
A fine selection of bowsaws

Your membership contribution is valued because it helps towards some of the expenses involved in running a practical conservation group. This includes vital equipment like the storm kettle and the teabag and biscuit supply. More seriously, the minibus that transports you to sites costs a hefty amount to own, insure, maintain and fuel. Membership also helps towards the cost of the tools and safety equipment you use on each task, publicity, site inspections and training.

If you would like to join or renew your membership, you can source a form on task or download one from here. Fill it in and return it to any committee member or to the address on the form, along with your £5 donation. If you pay by cheque, this should be made out to "Oxford Conservation Volunteers".