Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2023

After extensive searches for a suitable new burial site, Oxford City Council announced work is progressing to deliver a new public green space and burial meadow on land it owns off Oxford Road.

The planned site for the Oxford Burial Meadow is a 17 acre field that can accommodate the demand for burials for approximately 40 years, all set within an attractive landscape space featuring new tree planting, wild flower meadows, and new path links around Shotover Woods.

The meadow will provide sustainable supply of burial space for Oxford residents in a natural landscape setting. The low impact burial meadow is being designed to enhance the biodiversity of the existing agricultural field, strengthen the network of tree cover, improve wildlife habitats, and provide better connections to Shotover Woods for walking and leisure for local residents.

Consultation

Key stakeholders have been involved in the developing the project brief for a burial meadow with ecological enhancements, and improved access to existing paths towards Shotover Woods. 

The Council is now inviting residents to get involved and give their views on the initial outline designs that have been developed for this new community greenspace with burial use.

More detailed designs are then expected to be submitted for planning approval over the summer.

Have your say

You can do this in the following ways:

  • by completing an online survey between 3 - 23 July
  • at the Town Hall exhibition, between 3 - 22 July
  • by visiting the in-person drop in event between 11am and 2pm on Tue 18 July.

Comment

“This new meadow will ensure an ample supply of burial space for a generation to come as well as offering new opportunities for leisure and providing an environment to wildlife. We want to get the design right so that it meets the needs of the greatest number of residents. You can help us by taking part in the forthcoming consultation and let us have your views on the project.

“I’m confident that this project can create a lasting meadow that will be an asset for the community for many years to come.” 

Councillor Chewe Munkonge, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Parks

For more information visit the Oxford Burial Meadow webpage.

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