Hinksey Meadows

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.

Hinksey Meadows lies between the Seacourt Stream and the Bulstake Stream. It is a traditional floodplain meadow, regularly flooding in both winter and summer. Flood water comes from surface water in the streams which is augmented by considerable underground water movement.

Hinksey Meadow has probably been a hay meadow for much of the last thousand years and when OPT purchased the meadow in 1997, its boundaries were much the same as in 1870 (Ordance Survey, 1st edition). 

The Willow Walk, along the south-east boundary, was developed by the Harcourt Estate around 1880 and was opened to the public in the 1920s as a route from North Hinksey to what is now the Osney Mead Industrial Estate.

Hinksey Meadow is managed traditionally with a hay cut each July followed by aftermath grazing by cattle, this has improved the vegetation creating a more species-rich meadow, particularly in flowers.