Simple pasture land with a very important job
Lying at the heart of the village, behind a high stone wall and iron gate is Iffley Glebe. Historically, a glebe was a piece of land which was given to a clergy and formed part of their living. Today Iffley Glebe is one of the village’s most important open spaces, playing a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley.
In the 1980s a struggle began to stop the field being developed. In1996 OPT was able to acquire it thanks to the generosity of the Critchley family, prominent local business people and Iffley residents who still live there today and continue to support OPT in their work here. John Critchley was an OPT Trustee from 1964-94.
The glebe plays an important part in connecting local habitats. The field is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls.