Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, will be visiting Oxfordshire on Friday 28th August. One of her stops will be the Lye Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest, within East Oxford, adjoining the Golf Course.

Natalie Bennett comments:

“I was intrigued to learn that one third of the 61 rarest plants in Oxfordshire are not in the countryside but in a unique valley entirely surrounded by East Oxford. I will be discussing the site and some serious threats to it with Dr Judy Webb of the Friends of Lye Valley."

Hazel Dawe comments:

“The main threat to the area is more development around the valley, increasing water-impermeable surfaces. Since the single hectare of calcareous fen in the valley depends on a flow of lime-rich water from springs in the valley, big changes to water flow threaten the chemistry of the fen and the survival of the species living there. The City Council wants to build housing at Warren Crescent which would speed up run off right next to this site. The local health trust wants a new road using and widening the existing Dene Road leading into Lye Valley, the very narrow road which forms the southerly edge of the Lye Valley estate. From this road, the Health Trust wants a massive bridge across the valley to its site, which would cause irreparable damage to the Valley and its species and noise and air pollution for residents.”

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