Rycote Meadow restoration

Enhancing the biodiversity of Rycote Meadow and making it a place for quiet recreation.


Thame Green Living has been invited by the Town Council to oversee the provision of a new path from the Thame Meadows estate across Rycote Meadow to Oxford Road. In addition, a plan will be developed for enhancing the biodiversity of the Meadow as a place for quiet recreation.  Thame Green Living will be working with the Cuttle Brook Local Nature Reserve – the main part of the Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve is situated directly opposite Rycote Meadow on the south side of Oxford Road. This will be a 3-year staged delivery.


  • Year 1 :
    • To design, specify and cost a new path (to be paid for from planning funds)
    • To commissioning flora and bird surveys of the site to inform the conservation plans
    • To design a planting scheme and an overall scheme for the area
  • To protect the ecologically sensitive parts of the site, by introducing features such as hedges
  • To engage with the local community in order to build support and a team of volunteers committed to looking after the Meadow
  • To develop and commission appropriate signage to explain the importance of the site.
  • To fundraise for elements not covered by planning funds.


  • Agreement from TTC on the proposed project brief
  • Flora and bird surveys commissioned

Next steps

  • Further development of the design and determine site layout of the new pathway


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Project Team

  • Dom Gabriele, Charles Boundy, Colin Bloxham, Lynne May – Thame Green Living
  • Nigel Sims
  • Hilary Phillips – River Thame Conservation Trust
  • Mike Furness – Cuttle Brook Local Nature Reserve
  • Ava Gabriele


Get involved

  • TBC




Project Partners


Project type:
Green Spaces

Project status:

Project start:
February 2021

Project end:
Spring 2024 (expected)