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 give 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.

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

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. 

Image credit: Groundstaff Mike Pearson, Maurice Bowers, Ryan Smith, Mel Constantino and Ellie Clifton​

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