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South Newington Parish
Managed by:South Newington Parish
OS grid reference:SP 405 331 (Bakers Lane)
Nearest postcode:OX15 4JW (Bakers Lane)
Usual work:Step building, coppicing

South Newington is in the Cotswolds on the south bank of the River Swere and was founded in Anglo-Saxon times, with evidence of earlier settlements near by. St Peter's ad Vincula church was originally a small late Norman church that was extended at the end of the 13th century and a bell tower. The village contains a mixture of habitat types, including meadow and ancient trees. OCV will be assisting in maintaining the habitats within the village and aiding safe public access through a mixture of work including coppicing and step building.

Conservation Management

Bakers Lane is sunken lane, containing trees on both sides that have become a bit overgrown. OCV assist by coppicing at this site to let in extra light to allow a greater diversity of flora and fauna to thrive and to encourage wildflowers and ancient woodland plants. The wood cut down will become habitat piles for insects and invertebrates. The very big trees will be left as standards, and will continue to provide habitat and shelter for birds and insects. Step building will also be carried out near the church to allow safe access for pedestrians and to ensure that neighbouring land is not walked upon thereby allowing flora to thrive unhindered.

South Newington Parish also maintain the biodiversity of their village through initiatives such as tree and hedge planting at St Peters Church , in addition to planting of native shrubs in the church yard and replacing dead trees to continue providing habitats in addition to enhancing the beauty of the village.


Leave Oxford on the Woodstock Road. Go through Woodstock and continue on the A44 towards Chipping Norton. Before getting to Chipping Norton, at Enstone turn off right onto the B4022. At the junction with the A361 turn right and continue East. As you enter South Newington turn right, then Baker's lane is on the left after 50m.