Cutteslowe Park, Oxford

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Wild Iris, Cutteslowe Park

Cutteslowe Park is a public park in Cutteslowe in North Oxford, England. It was established in 1935[1] when Oxford City Council acquired land of the former Cutteslowe Manor farm, whose house still stands at its centre. More land was acquired in 1937. The original manor house dates from at least the mid-17th century, being shown on a 1670s map by Michael Burghers.[citation needed]

In 2006 Oxford City Council united the park with Sunnymead Park, just to the south and of the Oxford Northern Bypass. The two parks now form a single administrative unit called Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park.

Overview[edit]

Cutteslowe Park has herbaceous borders and despite disease damage during 2009-2012[citation needed] there remain many horse chestnut trees. Until further disease management in 2010 and early 2011, the park also contained some superb examples of White Willow trees.[citation needed]

The park has a children's pool, crazy golf, small aviary, duck pond, and tennis courts. There is a miniature steam railway run by the City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers.[2]

Purchases of farmland by the City Council in 1937-8 gave the park a large recreation ground on its east side, used for football and rugby in autumn and winter. The increased size of the park enabled the creation of a "Peace Mile": a running circuit that encompasses most of the perimeter of the park, inaugurated in 1985 by world harmony advocate Sri Chinmoy and the then Mayor of Oxford. The peace mile is popular with runners and in summer short running races are held around it by Sri Chinmoy Athletics Club. The park has also been the location of the Oxford parkrun since November 2011.

A public footpath cuts diagonally across the lower recreation ground, originating on the line of an ancient drovers' path, part of which is still visible at its southern extent for about 100 yards (91 m), bisected by the A40, the Northern Bypass. This linked Water Eaton and Oxford, and a short section of this path (at the bottom of Harpes Road, Islip Road and Victoria Road in North Oxford) is called Water Eaton Road. Further south this becomes a footpath from Lonsdale Road, and it emerges near the Cherwell School.

To the north and east the park is bounded by farmland, while it is bounded to the south by the Oxford Northern Bypass Road, and to the West by 1960s–70s housing developments of Cutteslowe.

Community interest[edit]

On 21 February 2007 the Friends of Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park[3] was formed "to promote the access, positive management and enhancement of the park and its facilities for the benefit of the local community and wider general public".

Wind turbine proposal[edit]

In November 2009 a City council proposal to lease an area of the park to an energy management company for the construction of a wind turbine was challenged by the Friends, who felt that fuller community engagement should first be sought.[4] The proposal was eventually defeated owing to concerns about impacts on RAF flying on the approach to Brize Norton airbase, to the West of the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford City Council (2009). Cutteslowe Park Management Plan, 2006 (rev 2009). 
  2. ^ City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers
  3. ^ Friends of Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park
  4. ^ "Concern over Wind Turbine". Oxford Times. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

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Coordinates: 51°47′21″N 1°15′32″W / 51.78924°N 1.25879°W / 51.78924; -1.25879