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Didcot's oaks and other notable trees

Didcot's oaks
 and other notable trees

 
A treasure trove of oaks in Oakend Lea, and on the footpath to Long Wittenham

EASTERN DIDCOT

Estates east of Abingdon Road – Oakend Lea, Marsh site, Furlongs, Long Wittenham path

  OAKEND LEA + TESCO  Oakend Lea, east of Tesco and south of the A4130 road to Wallingford, contains perhaps Didcot's largest concentration of mature oak trees – 28 of them. The original site was quite marshy, so the housing development has been built on raised land, leaving the trees to occupy their original areas below estate level. The oaks are certainly something to marvel at, but if you go to the southernmost end of Oakend Lea, nearest the railway, and venture into a wooded group of trees, you may encounter the dis-spiriting remains of mature trees that were felled as part of the development because they had been damaged by storms and/or affected by disease. Some of the tree depressions are surrounded by steep banks, so can be difficult to get into, and beware that they still retain their marshy character – a ready supply of water is of course what has helped these oaks to grow to such good sizes. Finally, in the north-east corner of Tesco car park, is a fairly mature oak. 

  THE MARSH  'The Marsh' is the large roughly triangular field to the north of the A4130 opposite Hadden Hill retail park and east of the B4016 Abingdon Road, sometimes referred to as Ladygrove East. On old maps the site is named East Hagbourne Marsh. The site is reserved for housing and a Planning Application from Bloor Homes for 750 homes is being determined in 2021. Most of the field is flat and marshy, but there are two mature oaks. Although both are protected by TPOs, at least one is under threat to make way for a planned access road.  READ MORE ABOUT THE TREE AT RISK  

  FURLONGS  The Furlongs estate, east of the B4016 Abingdon Road and built around 2000, contains a few mature trees, but few of them are accessible. To its north, the western part of Furlong Wood is at risk from the 'Marsh' / Ladygrove Eastplanning application, as this includes the final extension of the Northern Perimeter Road (A4130) which will provide the main access to the new site as well as relieving traffic congestion around Tesco and the roundabout to the west by Marsh Bridge. 

  LONG WITTENHAM PATH  North of the Furlongs estate, and to the east of the B4016 Abingdon Road opposite Willowbrook Park is a large area of fields incorporating 88 protected oaks in the east-west field boundaries – a haven of wildlife and a reminder of how our landscape must have looked hundreds of years ago. Much of this area is private agricultural land, but there is one important public footpath (Oxfordshire 189 then 354) which passes adjacent to 50 medium-to-large oak trees. As there is no parking on the B4016, the best option is to park in Willowbrook Park's Franklin Gardens, follow footpath 287 which leads over a stile through the grounds of early 17th century Ladygrove Farmhouse (Grade II Listed), then out along its gravel drive passing four large oaks. Taking care when crossing the B4016, you will see a footpath sign diagonally opposite and this is the start of footpath 189 to Long Wittenham. The first rectangular field is bordered by 21 oaks – all with TPOs. At the top of the hill is the border to the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which confers legal protection on trees and hedgerows under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The path curves left and soon a row of very large oaks comes into view, the obviously largest of which dates from about 1795. While footpath 354 peels off south (adjacent to the golf course pines but no large trees) and footpath 287 later heads north near Willington Farm, continue east to encounter dozens more oaks. After passing Long Wittenham Wood (inaccessible) the path ends at Long Wittenham Road / Sires Hill. 

MAP

 

  OAKEND LEA + TESCO 

 First right after Tesco roundabout

Oakend Lea group 1 N (a)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 1 N (b)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 1 S (a)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 1 S (b)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 1 S (c)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 1 S (d)

TPO: 09S141G1

Largest 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea group 2 (a)

TPO: 09S141G2

Largest 277 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Oakend Lea group 2 (b)

TPO: 09S141G2

Largest 277 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Oakend Lea group 2 (c)

TPO: 09S141G2

Largest 277 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Oakend Lea group 2 (d)

TPO: 09S141G2

Largest 277 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Oakend Lea group 2 (e)

TPO: 09S141G2

Largest 277 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Oakend Lea group 2 (f)

TPO: 09S141G2

Remains of storm-damaged

oaks felled with permission

Oakend Lea remains (g)

TPO: 09S141G2

Remains of storm-damaged

oaks felled with permission

Oakend Lea remains (h)

TPO: 09S141G2

Remains of storm-damaged

oaks felled with permission

Oakend Lea by pond

TPO: 09S141T1

Inaccessible

Oakend Lea by pond

TPO: 09S141T2

Inaccessible

Oakend Lea by pond

TPO: 09S141T2

Inaccessible

Oakend Lea group by pond

TPO: 09S141T3, T2, T1

T3 girth 326 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Oakend Lea by main road

TPO: 09S141T6

Inaccessible

Tesco car park NE (a)

TPO: 09S141T7

Girth 283 cm in 2020

125 years = 1890

Tesco car park NE (b)

TPO: 09S141T7

Girth 283 cm in 2020

125 years = 1890

 

  THE MARSH 

 N of the A4130, E of the B4016

The Marsh looking east

Two TPO oaks in distance

The Marsh looking south

Tesco in the distance

The Marsh NE (a)

TPO: 00S23T1

Girth 242 cm in 2020

100 years = 1920

The Marsh NE (b)

TPO: 00S23T1

Girth 242 cm in 2020

100 years = 1920

The Marsh E (a)

TPO: 00S23T2

Girth 306 cm in 2020

135 years = 1885

The Marsh E (b)

TPO: 00S23T2

Girth 306 cm in 2020

135 years = 1885

The Marsh E (c)

TPO: 00S23T2

Girth 306 cm in 2020

135 years = 1885

The Marsh E (d)

TPO: 00S23T2

Girth 306 cm in 2020

135 years = 1885

 

  FURLONGS 

 East of the B4016 Abingdon Road

Furlongs - off Abingdon Road

TPO: 11S10T1

Medium age

Abingdon Road (98)

TPO: 99S37T1

Girth 317 cm in 2020

145 years = 1875

Abingdon Road

TPO: 99S37T1

Girth 317 cm in 2020

145 years = 1875

Abingdon Road

TPO: 99S37T1

Girth 317 cm in 2020

145 years = 1875

Abingdon Road

TPO: 99S37T1

Girth 317 cm in 2020

145 years = 1875

Abingdon Road

TPO: 99S37T1

Girth 317 cm in 2020

145 years = 1875

Furlongs – Shinmoor Close (7)

TPO: 99S37T2

Girth 272 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Furlongs – Shinmoor Close

TPO: 99S37T2

Girth 272 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Furlongs – Shinmoor Close

TPO: 99S37T2

Girth 272 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Furlongs – Shinmoor Close

TPO: 99S37T2

Girth 272 cm in 2020

115 years = 1905

Furlongs - off Abingdon Road

Crab apple

On Middleway Furlong at

junction Upperway Furlong

Furlong Wood

TPO: no

Access via Middle Furlong

Furlong Wood

TPO: no

Access via Middle Furlong

Furlong Wood

TPO: no

Access via Middle Furlong

 

  WITTENHAM PATH 

 Opposite Willowbrook, E of the B4016

North East fields – 88 oaks

TPO: 19S28

Mostly private land

Path accessible

Willowbrook Ladygrove Farm

Early 17th century

Grade II Listed

Large willow

Willowbrook Ladygrove Farm

TPO: 17S16T24

Inaccessible to measure

Willowbrook Ladygrove Farm

TPO: 17S16T23

Girth 354 cm in 2021

170 years = 1850

Willowbrook Ladygrove Farm

TPO: 17S16T22-T20

T20 girth 404 cm in 2020

207 years = 1813

Willowbrook Ladygrove Farm

TPO: 17S16T22-T20

Girth 404 cm

207 years = 1813

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T1-T2

T1 girth 346 cm in 2020

160 years = 1860

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T3-T9

T3 girth 347 years in 2020

160 years = 1860

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T8-T12

T8 325 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T13

338 cm in 2020

160 years = 1860

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T14

Inaccessible to measure

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T13-T18

T18 girth 406 cm in 2020

210 years = 1810

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T18

Girth 406 cm in 2020

210 years = 1810

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T13-T21

T21 349 cm in 2020

165 years = 1855

Wittenham path

Distant view of new

Willowbrook estate including

Willowbrook Wood

Wittenham path trees 10-12

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 374 cm

185 years = 1835

Wittenham path trees 10-12

North Wessex Downs AONB

11: girth 355 cm in 2020

170 years = 1850

Wittenham path tree 11

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 355 cm in 2020

170 years = 1850

Wittenham path trees 11-17

North Wessex Downs AONB

12: girth 295 cm in 2020

130 years = 1890

Wittenham path trees 13-19

North Wessex Downs AONB

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path trees 13-20

North Wessex Downs AONB

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path trees 13-19

North Wessex Downs AONB

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path trees 13-19

North Wessex Downs AONB

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path trees 13-17

North Wessex Downs AONB

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path tree 15

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

N Moreton path

View of trees 13-19

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path tree 15

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

N Moreton path

Pair in field

North Wessex Downs AONB

N Moreton path

Distant view of

Wittenham Clumps

North Wessex Downs AONB

N Moreton path

View of trees 14-19

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

N Moreton path

View of trees 14-17

15: girth 426 cm in 2020

225 years = 1795

Wittenham path trees 1-20

North Wessex Downs AONB

Wittenham path tree 21

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 270 cm in 2020

113 years = 1907

Wittenham path tree 21

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 270 cm in 2020

113 years = 1907

Wittenham path tree 21

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 270 cm in 2020

113 years = 1907

Wittenham path

Pair in field

North Wessex Downs AONB

Wittenham path oaks 22-29

North Wessex Downs AONB

22 (tall): girth 295 in 2020

130 years = 1890

Wittenham path oaks 26-29

North Wessex Downs AONB

26: girth 386 cm in 2020

190 years = 1830

Long Wittenham Wood

North Wessex Downs AONB

Inaccessible

Long Wittenham Wood

North Wessex Downs AONB

Inaccessible

Wittenham path

Single tree in field

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 330 cm in 2020

Wittenham path

Single tree in field

North Wessex Downs AONB

150 years = 1870

Wittenham path oak 35

North Wessex Downs AONB

Girth 377 cm in 2020

185 years = 1835

Wittenham path oaks 35-30

North Wessex Downs AONB

25: girth 377 cm in 2020

185 years = 1835

Wittenham path oak 36

North Wessex Downs AONB

340 cm in 2020

160 years = 1860

Wittenham path oak 37

North Wessex Downs AONB

Last on path

Wittenham path field

single and pair of oaks

Single: 330 cm in 2020

150 years = 1870

Wittenham path first field

TPO: 19S28T9-T12

View at start of footpath

east of B4016

North East fields – 88 oaks

TPO: 19S28

Private land

Inaccessible

North East fields –

Muntjac deer

North East fields

Pheasant