Drayton Field – Permissive access ending on October 31st 2020

Drayton Field
Daniel sent me a picture of a notice that has been put up at the permissive entrances to Drayton Field.

DEFRA’s Environmental Stewardship conservation scheme is run by Natural England, a government body. The scheme pays landowners for conserving the environment. In the case of this field it meant that the meadow grass and flowers were allowed to grow, and people were permitted to walk round the field.
Drayton Field
After it became permissive, gates were put in at the bottom end. There were also maps and information about the permissive access.
Drayton Field
Most people access the field from a gap in the fence from Masefield Crescent Play Park.

Before access became permissive, the fence was continually being mended and broken down. It would probably take a developer building houses on this field to stop dog walkers. This field is not in the local plan so there is not immediate chance of this.
Drayton Field
The most interesting feature of the field is the small wood at the south west corner.
Drayton Field
There are good views from that corner. You can see the Old Gaol and St Helen’s Church.
Drayton Field
A recent change is that the Morland Gardens estate can be seen to the east.
Drayton Field
Another recent change is that Drayton village is visible to the south.

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have identified this field as a possible site for a new cemetery.

14 thoughts on “Drayton Field – Permissive access ending on October 31st 2020

  1. Denton

    Interesting photographic story. The photo I like the best is the last one which shows field in the foreground. Staying green is always a good thing .

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  2. PPJS

    Is this to do with the fact that it was European money which encouraged farmers to keep wide edges to their fields? That funding will now have to come from UK coffers; perhaps the money is drying up.

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  3. David

    Drayton Field was sprayed with a herbicide a few weeks ago so the abundant wildflowers that were there are no-more

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  4. anmalea

    Not sure that the speculation about possible future use of this field as a cemetery is correct as it is understood that neither the Town or the Vale councils currently own the field.

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    1. Daniel

      I think it is reasonable to speculate that in the next year or so it’ll be having houses built on it. The privately owned land will be sold for the most money (and why wouldn’t it) and that’ll be to developers.

      I have a very small hat, but if I’m wrong….I’ll eat it!

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      1. Daniel

        I think (if the location is where i think) it constituted a parcel of land that could have been used to complete an Abingdon ring-road however when approached The Veil said that they don’t know who the land belongs to so it wouldn’t likely get the permission.

        I think you’re right, it likely does belong to them…they just didn’t realise.

        Still…the very best town planners are on it, rest assured.

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    2. Houdini

      This is not the field earmarked for a cemetery – that location is situated behind the lowers numbers in Masefield (No’s 2 and upwards).

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  5. Spike

    I lived on Masefield Crescent for 10 yrs and the top corner of Masefield playing field is a great vantage point for star gazing at night.

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  6. Michael

    Does that mean the field will no longer be accessible? What about the footpaths leading to it? It is completely open to the west so will it be fenced off? There is a useful path leading to the New Cut Mill to Drayton path. Not a right of way but it would be a pity if that were no longer available.

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    1. James Davis

      The path from Mill Lane to Drayton than runs on the other side of the western hedge of the field is a byway open to all traffic and bridleway, apart from that there are no public rights of way.

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