Kennington Flood 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.
The fields which make up the Kennington Flood Meadows were in part purchased from Colin and Olive Walker in 1972 and the rest bequeathed by Mr John Tait in 2001. The fields are managed traditionally with grazing. There are permissive paths giving access across the meadows as well as the Thames Path National Trail route within the northern fields.
The Sustrans cycle track was constructed in 1998 as part of the Thames Valley cycle path. It runs along the western edge of the fields, close to the railway line. The 'Fish Gate' at the cycle tracks northern entry point was desingned by local artist, Paul Amey, and installed in 2001.
In September 2016, Sandford Hydro was constructed. This hydro, run by the Low Carbon Hub, became operational in Spring 2018 and creates electricity by enhancing the power of the River Thames.
In 2020, Sustrans completed their project to introduce a new surface and drainage scheme where the path was frequently underwater. The route has also been widened and completely resurfaced. The meadow bridge has been renewed, and access to the path improved for everyone. You can read more about this fantastic project and see some great before and after photographs in the Sustrans presentation below: