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Hurst Water Meadow

The Hurst is an ancient flood meadow by the River Thame and associated with Overy Mill, which dates back to the 8th century. It has retained its character, particularly in recent years through the traditional grassland management of hay cutting and grazing. The site is very attractive with views of Wittenham Clumps and Dorchester Abbey (of similar age) which can also be visited. The meadow is owned by a local charity and the community is much involved in its upkeep by volunteers of all ages. Primary School children have planted 400 wild flowers in a scrape. An open-air classroom has been set up using ancient oak logs from Nuneham Woods as benches for the children. The site is very popular with school parties as well as members of the public of all ages. There is adequate access for those with limited mobility.


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