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Simon's Land
Managed by:Oxford Preservation Trust
OS grid reference:SP 528 024
Nearest Postcode:OX4 4YH
Usual work:Scrub clearance

Simonís Land is a half-acre patch of urban-fringe land alongside the river Thames in South Oxford. It used to be a mooring point for an Oxford college barge, although in recent years it has become a neglected waste ground with a mixture of scrub, garden plants, mud and fly-tipped rubbish. In March 2007 the land was donated to the Oxford Preservation Trust by Mr and Mrs Simons of Boars Hill. With the help of OCV, the Oxford Preservation Trust hopes to improve the habitats at the site for a range of wildlife, whilst allowing access to the river.

Conservation Management

From 2009 OCV will assist the Oxford Preservation Trust by clearing some of the escaped garden plants and trees from the site in order to help wild species of flora and fauna grow and develop at the site. Another important task is to remove the rubbish that has been dumped in previous years at the site in order benefit the wildlife and also to improve the drainage into the river. The eventual aim at Simons Land is to create a wildlife garden, allowing public access to the river whilst leaving interesting, native habitat on this urban-fringe land.


From Oxford, leave the ring road at the A4074 (sign-posted to the Oxford (Kassam) Football Stadium). Take the first exit from the A4074 towards the Football Stadium, but go around the roundabout and under the A4074 to Sandford on Thames. Turn right at the T-junction. Before you go over the bridge (over the A4074) turn left down Heyford Hill Lane. Simon's Land through a gate on the left near the end of Heyford Hill Lane.