One of the attractions of Oxshott is the surrounding green environment, together with the green spaces within the residential areas of the village. The objective of the "Green Oxshott" initiative is to enhance the green spaces that we pass every day, while retaining a semi-rural aspect to the village. Where possible this is accomplished by working alongside local residents who wish to enhance the areas close to their homes. Here are some examples:
The new cherry tree and refreshed FEDORA - the voice for Oxshott planter on the junction between the Hight Street and Steel's Lane, as well as the new trees planted by Surrey CC in Spring 2022.
Clearing paths in April 2022 - before and in-progress pictures:
- In summer 2019, FEDORA cleared the overgrown scrub and bushes from the triangle of land at the top of Station Approach, at the junction with the A244, shown in the photograph. One of the primary reasons was to make it safer for vehicles trying to exit from Station Approach onto the A244 by making it easier for them to see oncoming traffic to their right.
- Once the land had been cleared, in the autumn of 2019, FEDORA planted 600 daffodils. They provided welcome colour in early spring 2020, but were clearly insufficient, This autumn, 2020, after the re-grown ivy and saplings are cleared again, another 1000 daffodils will be planted along with 500 English bluebells. Together, these should provide spring colour every year from late January into late April, although it is obvious that the land will need clearing every autumn. For the gardeners, the varieties of daffodils are Rijnvelds Early Sensation which flowers in January/February, and Carlton which flowers in March/April.
- The residents of Bevendean estate have taken the intiative this autumn (2020) to plant swathes of crocuses and daffodils at the road junctions on their estate, including for example the junction of Holtwood Road with Steels Lane and the junction of Goldrings Road with the A244. FEDORA added to this with an additional 1000 daffodils and 500 crocuses on the land around the village sign outside the Village Centre, at the junction of Holtwood Road and Steels Lane.
- The brick planter on the High Street opposite the Post Office had been, for many years, an unattractive litter depository with and overgrown and very prickly mahonia. The mahonia was removed by FEDORA, which opens-up that area and means it is no longer used for depositing beer cans, etc. We replanted with lavenders, lilac, hebes and tulips, to give flowers and scent throughout the summer.
- At the suggestion of residents, we plan to sow wildflower seeds on some grass verges along Blundel Lane in early Spring 2021, followed by selective planting of spring bulbs in autumn 2021.
- We are in discussions with Surrey County Council about cutting back the shrubs and trees that are growing over the pavements along the west side of the A244 from Charlwood Drive to The Bear, making it dangerous for pedestrians
- We are also working on opening-up the vegetation growing along the footpath by the side of Steels Lane from Holtwood Road to the High Street. We want to make these footpaths more usable by all pedestrians including those who are less agile and mothers with push-chairs.
- The section of road verge on the west side of the A244 stretching from Wrens Hill up to Wisteria House is an unattractive mess of brambles, self-seeded saplings and roadside litter. We hope to get fundng from the Green Infrastructure Fund to clear-up this area, leaving the worthwhile trees, and sowing the ground with grass seed and wildflowers plus planting bulbs to be allowed to naturalise.