Project information

River Glyme for people and nature

We want to restore and enhance a stretch of river Glyme in West Oxfordshire that will bring multiple benefits to fishermen, communities, visitors, farmers and most of all to nature and wildlife. The SSSI in Blenheim Palace grounds will also reap the rewards of re-meandering this part of the Glyme.

September 2015 - March 2016

Charity information: Wychwood Project (oxfordshire)

Wychwood Project (oxfordshire)
  • Need


    Numerous problems: flooding , pollution (phosphate ), lack of habitat for fish, silting up of the river bed, negative impacts on a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Blenheim Palace Park, lack of community engagement or awareness


    Rriparian and river management work will be undertaken that will enhance soil retention, slow surface water flows, improve habitats, enhance habitat for fish and water voles; re-profile banks to extend wet areas and re-meander existing channels. Specifically it will invlive habitat restoration by introducing large volumes of stone and gravel to the river channel, excavating new meanders, regrading banks, introducting 'large woody debris', and the construction of wetland features.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The physical restoration of the River Glym between Stratford Bridge and Woodstock


    » Introduce stone and gravel . riffles will be constructed in conjunction with the creatinon of channel menaders and section of bank re-profiling,
    » Excavation of new meanders to represent an approximation of the past river form in 1885
    » Re-grading of the banks at key locations
    » constructing wetland feature in the river basin flood meadow to create a range of habitats including shallow scrapes and ephemeral and permanent pools

    What success will look like

    fixed point photograpy

  • Impact


    long term changes (better habitat especially for fish, reduced phosphate levels, improvement in the SSSI in Blenheim Estate, reduced flooding downstream) will show in the ecological surveying monitoring such as macro-invertebrate monitoring, electro-fishing surveys of fish population, angler catch records, habitat mapping, fixed point photograpy, flood records, pollution monitoring.


    A small deficit in budget: funding applications in place and gifts in kind being sought
    Flood risk during work: all landowners who could be affected had accepted any risk
    Disturbance of protected wildlife: surveys for species being conducted ahead of proposed work and mitigation strategy formulate and agreed with environment Agency.
    Pollution: Environment Agency guidance on pollution prevention will be adhered to at all times


    The project funding is made up of a variety of public and private donors. Reporting to them will be in line with their particular requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £82,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,300 Materials Gravel, faggots, stakes, coir
      £6,000 Plant & Fuel & Delivery Diggers, diesel, delivery of materials and plant
      £10,500 Labour Expert labour needed to conduct work
      £6,000 Supervision Management and organisation expert

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Thames Water £21,200 Guaranteed
    Catchment Partnership Action Fund £28,500 Guaranteed
    Cotswold Rivers Trust £9,000 Guaranteed
    Cotswold Fly Fishers £5,000 Conditional
    Blenheim Estate £5,000 Conditional
    Private Landowner £4,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will take place within the Evenlode Catchment Area. The site encompasses a narrow band east and west of the River Glyme from Stratford Bridge, near Wootton, to Woodstock Water Meadows in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1XJ. The length of this area is c. 2.5km.


    Residents of Woodstock - a town with c 3,100 population that also has, thousands of visitors and plans for 1500 new homes.
    Recreational Fishermen who fish the River Glyme.
    Visitors to Blenheim Place - as this project will improve the SSSI at Queens Pool, Blenheim Estate.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We aim to inspire people to restore and conserve habitats through activities and partnerships, delivering advice, training, events and on-the-ground conservation projects. Our partners, Wild Oxfordshire are the only organisation in Oxfordshire that acts as a networking and coordinating body bringing together volunteers, communities, landowners and land managers, local authorities, conservation and government organisations with the aim of delivering benefits to priority habitats and species.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vaughan Lewis

    Principle Designer and Principle Contractor. Vaughan will take care of all of the practical elements of the project

    Hilary Philips

    Hilary is joint lead in the management and direction of the project, coordinating all interested parties and promoting the project.

    Sharon Williams

    Joint lead in the management and direction of the project, with specific responsibilities for budgeting and reporting

    James Aylward

    conservation officer with the Wychwood Project James will help to coordinate public relations with volunteer groups and local inhabitants