Community Orchard and Allotments, Lower Wolvercote: opposite The Trout pub
Open green space is essential for our health and wellbeing, and we are delighted that more people than ever are now out and about enjoying OPT land. With our commitment to the green agenda, OPT have no car parks, so why not take a cycle ride or a long walk. Help us to keep our environment, our wildlife and you safe by considering a visit outside likely peak times. All our green spaces are open.
When visiting our green spaces, please follow the Countryside Code by:
- leaving no trace of your visit and taking all your litter home;
- keeping dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals;
- leaving gates as you find them and following instructions on signs;
- keeping to footpaths and following signs where they suggest alternative routes.
For further information from the Government about accessing green spaces, please follow this LINK.
A heartwarming story of a community promoting the good life
In 1934, the land opposite The Trout pub was under threat from development. OPT stepped in and bought it with the support of Philip Leslie Agnew, the publisher of Punch, in memory of his son, Ewan Agnew. This is commemorated in a plaque, by the artist Eric Gill, in the wall. Part was turned into allotments, still used today, and 60 years later the remaining area became a Community Orchard. The orchard was planted by the Wolvercote Tree Group, and today many rare and unusual apples, pears and quinces flourish, many of them local varieties. OPT charge an annual rent of a basket of apples, given at the annual Apple Day at harvest time.