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Heyford Meadow

A beautiful hidden nature reserve.

OPT was bequeathed this meadow by Mr John Tait. The land had been neglected for many years and used in part oas a scrap yard. On accquistion, the Trust arranged for the removal of over 250 tonnes of waste (including tractors, rail wagons and six boats) and drew up plans to mazimise the benefit to the local community by creating a wildlife friendly amenity space with public access.

After a significant restoration project, made possible through generous grants from the Pond Conservation Million Ponds Project and the Waste Recycling Group through the Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment, the site was transformed into a nature reserve.

The nature reserve now has three interpretation boards, a board walk to allow access over the wetter areas of the site, ponds, a scrape with willow screen for viewing wildlife without disturbance and two benches for uninterrupted views of the River Thames and across the Kennington meadows.

Management of the grassland (cut and baled twice a year) has seen the return of rarer meadow flowers such as snake's head fritillaries.

An autumn afternoon view at Heyford Meadow.