Gardens

Wolfson College is situated within thirteen acres of stunning gardens, including the newly opened 'Bishops Garden' at 27 Linton Road.

Wolfson College gardens extend to approximately thirteen acres and overlie gravel, with the soil itself being a light silty loam. Many of the original trees are still in existence, which immediately gives the gardens a feeling of maturity, and indeed, it would be difficult to imagine the grounds without them.

The gardens comprise a number of differently planted areas which flow seamlessly into each other. There is a herbaceous border containing a wide variety of perennials, a formal garden, with plants originating from the East and a sundial donated by the late Sir Henry Fisher, retiring President at the time.

The College grounds also boast a bog garden, containing a water cascade feature fed by the adjacent River Cherwell, a woodland walk and a winter garden. All of these areas are linked by sweeping informal lawns which provide an excellent canvas to show off the plantings.

Of course, the gardens profit greatly from the fact that they are situated on the banks of the River Cherwell, which provides a calmness and serenity.

Crossing the river via the rainbow bridge leads one into two flood meadows owned by the College. These meadows are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as such are not treated with any fertilisers or pesticides. They can be visited by students and members of the public alike and contain a good variety of native flora and fauna.

Allotments

Within the College grounds, there are allotments available for use by College members for a small rent. Learn more.

Linton Road (Bishops Garden) opening times

The Linton Road garden will now be subject to the same opening times as the bridge, ie From 1 May 21 September: 7am to 9pm.  From 22 September 30 April: 7am to 6pm. These times may vary.

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The latest from Wolfson College

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24 February 2020
Wolfson student takes research to Parliament

Ben Armitage is a final year PhD student in the Department of Materials.

Band Don't Laugh in Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
14 February 2020
Wolfsonians release song in solidarity with students in Wuhan

Wolfson is very proud to announce that Don't Laugh has released their song in solidarity with students in Wuhan.

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10 February 2020
All-Innovate: The University's idea competition

Entries for the 2020 All-Innovate Idea competition are open until 16 February 2020. 

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
29 - 29
Feb Feb
Degree Day
Saturday 29 February - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:00, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information. 

Lectures and Seminars
02 - 02
Mar Mar
Liberal International Order in Trouble
Monday 2 March - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Leading expert in International Relations & former British Academy President, Professor Sir Adam Roberts will deliver a Keynote Lecture on the contemporary decline of the liberal order, calling for a rethinking of liberal ideas and practices.

The term ‘liberal international order’ has become widely used—generally to refer to the international system that developed in the years after the end of the Cold War in 1989, or even to the whole period since the end of WWII.

Annual Lecture
02 - 02
Mar Mar
Annual London Lecture: Last Supper in Pompeii
Monday 2 March - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Last Supper in Pompeii' is inspired by the recent blockbuster exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, which Dr Roberts curated. Combining masterpieces of Roman art with cutting edge archaeological research, the talk looks at the Roman passion for food and wine.