A narrow, winding site between the housing estate and the London to Birmingham railway line. The area was granted Nature Reserve status in 2005.
Bicester Fields at Langford Village
Once farmland belonging to Langford and Wretchwick farms. There are plenty of paths for jogging or dog walking, a football pitch and pavilion and plenty of play areas for children.
Langford Community Orchard
This is Bicester’s first community orchard and all are welcome to visit. This is a great place to wander around with trees, grass, flowers and fruit. Enjoy the breeze, birdsong and buzzing insects. Have a picnic and relax. The orchard is an oasis removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Recently, the green space in the grounds of the former St Edburg’s School, off Cemetery Road, has been transformed by community action group Grassroots Bicester. The community garden is a space where growing plants comes second to growing friendships. Volunteers at Bicester’s Community Garden have embodied the Healthy Bicester principle of residents reaching out to help each other.
Bicester Town Council is based at Garth House, a former hunting lodge built in the 1840s. Today it is set in some 9 acres of parkland and former gardens. It includes Garth Park natural playground which was refurbished in 2015 by Bicester Town Council working in partnership with Cherwell District Council and sustainability charity Bioregional. All of the facilities are made of natural, renewable and/ or recyclable materials and include play stations such as a climbing frame, clamber nets and slides as well as bridges, stepping stones and pebble streams to encourage imaginative play.
New planned spaces
A new community woodland is planned at Burnehyll, near Kingsmere.