Half-yearly Meeting

Thanks to all commoners who came to the half yearly meeting on 22nd October, it was a great turnout and all suggestions and comments were gratefully received. You can read the chair's report. Thanks also to the Baptist Hall for hosting us.

Wolvercote Commoners Open Talks

‘Alice in Waterland’ by Mark J Davies, Thursday, 24th November, 7.30pm, White Hart Pub.

Aftermath Grazing

Three Ayrshire cattle belonging to Wolvercote Commoners are now grazing the aftermath on Wolvercote Green, as part of the management plan agreed with Natural England for this SSSI hay meadow.

Crassula helmsii Treatment

A contractor has treated the invasive Crassula helmsii in the Long Pond using a hot foam treatment that is non toxic to wildlife (see here for more details). We hope to eradicate this plant to help protect the very rare creeping marshwort which is established further down on Port Meadow.


There are have been some cases of strangles (equine distemper) on the Common in recent weeks. The animals in question are being monitored closely. The infection is not a risk for humans, cattle or dogs, but please take care to disinfect boots and clothing if visiting horses elsewhere after walking on the Common.

Godstow Road Fence

After lengthy discussion with the council, who are responsible for the fence between Godstow Road and the Common, they have now carried out much-needed repairs.

Haymaking on Wolvercote Green

The Green has now been cut for hay and the cattle will be put out to graze the aftermath at the end of September.

Email Problems

Due to a problem with the WCC email account, we were unable to receive emails between 6th and 30th July. If you sent an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during that period, please resend it and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Goose Green Fitness Trail - Feedback Welcome

We'd love to know what you think of the proposed plan for a fitness trail on Goose Green. Please download, print, complete and return this form to either of the village shops, the Plough, the school, or at the Big Lunch in September. 

Wolvercote Commoners Open Talks

‘The Oxen of Oxon: historic sheep and cattle droving through Oxfordshire’ by Bruce Smith, Thursday, 9th July, 7.30, White Hart Pub.

Brash, Nettles and Haymeadow Species

Members of the committee spent the morning of Saturday 9th May tidying the brash from the recently pollarded willows on Wolvercote Green and cutting back the nettles that having been establishing themselves in the NE corner. By regularly cutting back the nettles and removing the foliage, we hope to lower the nutrient value of the soil in that corner, allowing the classic haymeadow grass and flower species to recolonise.

Willows on Wolvercote Common

You may have noticed that the willow staves in the NE corner of the Common have sprouted. We're keeping a close eye on them while they become established. (The willows were planted in accordance with the permissions received from Natural England and English Heritage (see 2(b) on options for a green screen). At this stage there are no plans to plant on the south side of the pond/ditch, and permission for such planting has not been sought.


The WCC AGM took place on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Full details here.

Northern Gateway

WCC attended the recent public examination of the Northern Gateway plan. Please read our report.

Welcome to Wolvercote Letter

We have reinstated the Welcome to Wolvercote letter to explain the history of our commons and the role of the committee to new residents. Please feel free to forward it to any new neighbours.

Wolvercote Commoners Open Talks

Colin Tudge spoke on 'A village farm for Wolvercote and onwards to the Agrarian Renaissance - How we can create a world fit for our children despite the status quo', Thursday, 22nd January, 7.30, White Hart Pub.

Pulling Thistles

Many thanks to the commoners who turned out to help pull marsh thistle from Wolvercote Green on the January work morning. A good amount of material was pulled, which means we won't have to cut the area in question as early in the summer, giving the orchids that have been increasing there a better chance of flowering.

Goose Green Management Plan

The WCC's updated management plan for Goose Green is now available.

Wolvercote Commoners Open Talks

Port Meadow and Picksey Mead: a Tale for Wolvercotians’ by Alison McDonald. Thanks to all who came along to the talk. Watch this space for details of the next one.

Northern Gateway AAP - WCC's Response

The WCC's response to the latest round of consultation on the Northern Gateway development was submitted to the council recently. You can read it here.

AGM Minutes

The minutes of the 2014 AGM are now available.

Removing Crassula helmsii from the Long Pond

Many thanks to Judy Webb from the Oxford Flora Group and all the other volunteers who turned out on Saturday 20th September to dig out invasive, non-native Crassula helmsii from the Long Pond. We managed to remove about a third of the infestation, amounting to 33 bags which were kindly removed by the Council. The presence of this plant threatens the nationally rare creeping marshwort on Port Meadow, so continued vigilance and further effort is required to keep on top of it and prevent it spreading down the ditches and streams. We'll be organising future digging efforts, so please watch this space and come and lend a hand! (To give an idea of how rare creeping marshwort is, until recently Port Meadow was the only place in Britain that it was known to grow).

List of Keyholders

An updated list of keyholders for the various gates onto the commons can be found here (or under Management of the Commons in the main menu).

Improvements at the Jubilee Gate

Thanks to the small band of commoners who turned out to repair the ground at the Jubilee Gate and improve access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Flora and Fungi of Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common

Our thanks to Dr Judith Webb of the Oxfordshire Flora Group for permission to reproduce her report on flora and fungi of Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common (appendices and images).

Farm Ability Work Parties

We're very happy to have a group of co-farmers from Farm Ability helping out with some commons maintenance tasks. The first job they tackled was the clearing of brambles on Goose Green to help restore the view through from Godstow Road, and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.

Birds on Wolvercote Green

Read the results of a local resident's survey of bird species on the Green.

Archaeology of Port Meadow

An interesting article by Simon Pressey, which mentions some of the archaeological features of Wolvercote Common.

Ponies on Wolvercote Common and Port Meadow

Several people have expressed concern about the welfare of ponies on the meadows while they're in flood. Please read this letter from one of the owners, which should allay any fears.


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