Kennington Flood Meadows

100 acres of flood meadow stretch out along the Thames at Kennington

In 1972, 41 acres of fields were purchased from Colin and Olive Walker, Kennington residents and OPT life members who, together, wanted to ensure the area remained open and available for all to enjoy.  The fields play an important role in providing open green space on the southern edges of Oxford towards Abingdon, lying behind Kennington and between the main railway line which runs along its western boundary and the meandering banks to the River Thames.  

The fields can be clearly seen as the trains approach Oxford from London giving it an open and green approach.  In 1998, OPT was pleased to give Sustrans permission for a crucial part of the Thames Valley cycle path between Oxford and Abingdon which is is now much used by cyclists for work and leisure.  The “Fish Gate” at the cycle track’s northern entry point was designed by local artist, Paul Amey, and installed in 2001. 

In 2001 a generous bequest to OPT from local resident John Tait added a further 59 acres of fields to the south of the Colin and Olive Walker fields up to Sandford Lane. 

In 2016 OPT allowed the Low Carbon Hub access to construct the Sandford Hydro which started to generate electricity for local residents during the winter in 2017.

The Kennington Flood Meadows are maintained as open fields and are grazed by cattle.  There is permissive public access for walkers. 

Kennington Flood Meadows by Chris Andrews