"It's difficult to capture the whole beauty of this public park, so I've tried to convey something of it in this detail from the peripheral walk around the park." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
Oxford University Parks occupy about 70 acres of land and can be accessed from Parks Road or Marston. They successfully combine the functions of an arboretum with the provision of sport facilities for the university. The Parks have been the home venue of the Oxford University Cricket Club since 1881 when the Pavilion was built, and it sits among more than 60 different genera of trees and 200 different specimens, under-planted by about half a million spring bulbs. The large expanse of grass was maintained by sheep and cattle until the introduction of mechanical mowing in 1937.
During the First World War, aeroplane hangars and a soldiers’ camp were built in the Parks, and in 1923-4, High Bridge that takes you over the Cherwell to Marston, was built as a relief project for the unemployed. In the Second World War the Parks were ‘dug for victory’ to provide 80 allotments. The iron railings were removed for munitions and not replaced until the 1960s.
The Parks are open daily except Christmas Eve.