A good walk: North Meadow, Cotswolds

The grassland in North Meadow
Jane Somerville

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    The grassland in North Meadow
    Jane Somerville


Christopher Somerville

Published at 12:01AM, April 11 2015

The infant River Thames links Gloucestershire to Wiltshire at the outer edge
of the Cotswolds, in low-lying gravelly country. Setting off along the
towpath of the reed-choked old Thames and Severn Canal, we marvelled at how
dozens of unsightly old gravel pits have been transformed into the wide,
tree-hung lakes of the Cotswold Water Park.

This is a fine example of a conservation landscape; and down beyond the hamlet
of Cerney Wick there�s another in the lush hundred-acre grassland of North
Meadow.

This is a beautiful wide hayfield, fringed with greening willows and filled
with flowers; a habitat that comes

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