Everyone who lives within the parish of Wolvercote can claim to be a Commoner - however most people lost
the grazing rights associated with their properties when an Act of
Parliament regarding common land was enacted in 1965. Wolvercote
Commoners also have some rights over Port Meadow, "England's oldest
monument", which is managed mainly by Oxford City Council and the
Freemen of Oxford.
Commoners Committee was established in 1929. It is responsible for the
management of common land and the preservation of other amenities in
However, the committee does not spend its time exclusively dealing with grazing rights. Other issues covered in recent years include tree planting, street lighting, road surfaces, footpaths, traffic speed, proposed new building, protection of local ancient monuments and preserving the village's essential services, such as the surgery and bus service.
The committee maintains good relations with our neighbours, Wytham Parish Meeting and the Freemen of Oxford, and work closely with Natural England, the Environment Agency, Defra, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and other national and local organisations.
Together, as Wolvercote Commoners, we can get more done for our village than if each of us fights his or her own battles in isolation. But the committee can only be effective if we are truly representative of the village community.
Please watch our noticeboards around the village, and give us your support whenever you can.