Plans for the restoration of a beloved wildlife site to its former beauty took a step forward at a recent open event.

More than sixty people from Bicester and surrounding villages visited Langford Village Hall, Bicester, on Saturday June 11 to find out about a Community Interest Company (CIC) which is being formed to take on the ownership and management of Gavray Meadows.

The walls of the village hall were adorned with posters of plants and animals living in the meadows, as well as one which explained the aims of the CIC.

The wildlife in Gavray Meadows has been monitored and photographed by local resident Pat Clissold for many years, to gather evidence of the ecological value of the site.

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Representatives of the development company L&Q and their planners also attended to show their support for the CIC and to answer questions about their plans to build houses on the remainder of the site, which is identified for housing in the current Cherwell Local Plan.

Four Cherwell Councillors from the Bicester area also attended.

During the event, ecologist Dominic Woodfield, who first recognised the wildlife value of the site, led guided walks round the meadows.

Mr Woodfield said: “After so many years of fighting against development proposals, it’s fantastic to walk around this site knowing that local people will soon be both its owners and custodians, securing a future for the fantastic wildlife that can be found here.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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