The water meadows are a unique feature in the heart of Woodstock providing a valuable habitat for birds, small mammals, and plants from small aquatic species to mature trees.
It covers 5.5 hectares of land on the flood plain of the River Glyme and is easily accessible to the public as an area of quiet tranquillity. It is bounded on the north by the mill stream which, these days, carries most of the water through and under the main A44 road and in to the Blenheim Lake by the seven arches bridge. On the south side it is bounded by the more modest flows of the residual Glyme river.
The watermeadows are frequently flooded in winter although drier areas have been set aside for managed grazing. The area is home to a large number of pollarded willows, white poplar and more recently planted species. Whilst the Watermeadows Management Committee are committed to retaining the natural characteristics of the area there is a need for regular maintenance, particularly the requirement to reduce the Himalayan Balsam (a foreign invasive species) which, if left unattended, would swamp other plant life in the meadow. We also erect and mend the fences and boardwalks in the meadows.