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Leisure and Parks

Countryside and Nature Reserves


Our Countryside team manages 900 acres of countryside in and around Oxford for you to enjoy, including:

  • Shotover Country Park
  • Port Meadow (a 300 acre grazing common)
  • Twenty nature parks and reserves (see details below)
  • Several Sites of Specific Scientific Interest

All of these places are open to the public, and most have unrestricted access.

You can find more information about the sites we mange below:

Site Location/Address Membership bodies with an active interest Area Ha
Barracks Lane Meadow Barracks Lane OX4 2AS   0.6
Barton Village Nature Park Harolde Close, Barton OX3 9SQ   0.9
Burgess Field Nature Park Access Via Port   Meadow, Walton Well Road OX2 6ED   35.8
Chilswell Valley Chilswell Path, South Hinksey OX1 5AP   6.3
Court Place Farm Nature Park Marsh Lane, New Marston OX3 9QP   1.9
Cowley Marsh Nature Reserve Marsh Road, Cowley OX4 2NZ   0.8
Fiddler's Island Medley, Binsey Lane OX2 0NJ   1.6
Grandpont Nature Park White House Road, Oxford OX1 4QJ   5.5
Iffley Meadow Nature Reserve Donnington Bridge Road OX1 4UP BBOWT (manage this reserve on behalf of Oxford City Council) 42.0
Kendall Copse Kennington Road,  Kennington OX1 4XS Friends of Kendal Copse 2.3
The Kidneys Next to Isis School, Bedford Street OX4 1TJ   3.4
Longbridges Nature Park Donnington Bridge Road OX4 4AX   5.1
Lye Valley Nature Reserve 169 The Slade, Headington OX3 7HP Friends of Lye Valley website 4.5
Magdalen Quarry William Kimber Crescent, Gladstone Road OX3 8LW   0.4
Magdalen Wood Atkyns Road, Wood Farm, Headington OX3 8RA   10.2
Meadow Lane Nature Park Meadow Lane, Iffley OX4 4BL   1.8
Milham Ford Nature Park Harberton Mead, Off Marston Road OX3 0FL Friends of Milham Ford Nature Park 3.8
Peasmore Piece Nature Park Copse Lane, New Marston OX3 0AY   1.2
Port Meadow Walton Well Road and Godstow Road OX2 6QY


Raleigh Park Harcourt Hill, Raleigh Park Road and Yarnells Hill OX2 9AS Friends of Raleigh Park 9.6
Rivermead Nature Park Rivermead Road, Rosehill OX4 4UP   3.0
Rock Edge Nature Reserve Old Road, Headington OX3 8NE Friends of Lye Valley 1.7
Seacourt Nature Park Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0JB   2.5
Shotover Country Park (Hill) and (Brasenose Woods) Old Road, Headington OX3 8TA

Shotover Preservation Society

Shotover Wildlife

Spindleberry Nature Park Spindleberry Close, Blackbird Leys OX4 6DU   3.0
Sunnymead Meadow Water Eaton Road, Sunnymead OX2 7QH   1.2
Trap Grounds Town Green Frenchay Road OX1 1AF Friends of the Trap Grounds 3.8
Wolvercote Hurst Ulfgar Road, Upper Wolvercote OX2 8AZ   0.7


Wild Oxford Project 

We are working with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to inspire people of all ages to explore and discover the wild green spaces in Oxford.

In 3 of our nature reserves; Chilswell Valley, Rivermead Nature Park and Lye Valley, we will be:

  • running events for families throughout the city,
  • organising interesting walks and talks,
  • running workshops on traditional conservation skills including coppicing, hedgelaying and scything,
  • providing support to volunteer groups in the city.

Visit the BBOWT website for full details.

Countryside Volunteering

PDF icon Volunteering Leaflet (PDF)

Parks Satisfaction Survey

Take part in our parks satisfaction survey on our consultation pages.

Car Park Charges

Please visit our Car Park Charges page for details of parking charges at Walton Well Road car park (south of Port Meadow).

Nature Reserve Locations Map

View Oxford City Council Countryside in a larger map

Oxfordshire Countryside

For more information about the Countryside around Oxford, visit the Countryside pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Commercial Countryside Management Services

Visit our Oxford Direct Services website for more information about the range of commercial countryside management services we can offer.

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Page last updated 11 November 2014

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