What we do at the Lower Windrush Valley Project | Oxfordshire County Council

What we do at the Lower Windrush Valley Project

Information about us, research and reports on the Lower Windrush Valley Project.

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The Lower Windrush Valley covers 28 square kilometres of West Oxfordshire, incorporating the floodplain of the River Windrush from Witney to where it joins the River Thames at Newbridge.

Over the last 60 years the landscape character of the valley has been transformed by mineral extraction with large areas of the riverside pasture transformed into a mosaic of open water.

With mineral extraction set to continue for many years to come the Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP) was created by Oxfordshire County Council to create and implement an environmental strategy for this area.


Since 2001, the LWVP has employed one project officer who works with many environmental organisations, mineral operators, landowners and the local community to co-ordinate, deliver and help manage a wide range of initiatives that aim to:

  • strengthen and develop the evolving landscape of the valley
  • protect and enhance the biodiversity it supports
  • improve opportunities for people to access and enjoy the countryside
  • raise awareness, understanding and involvement in the diverse issues that influence the environment in the valley.

Research and reports

Funding and support

The Lower Windrush Valley Project is currently funded and supported by Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, and Smith and Sons (Bletchington) Ltd.

Contact us to find out more about the Lower Windrush Valley Project.

Last reviewed
17 October 2017
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