Enjoy your local nature reserve

Withymead is special: an oasis of riverside wildness; a haven for plants and wildlife; a place where Thames-side boat building once thrived. The 13-acre reserve was established by Anne Carpmael, a keen naturalist who lived at Withymead for nearly 60 years. Anne bequeathed the site as a special place for the community, and to inspire an appreciation of nature especially among young people. It opened in 2004.

Discover Withymead

Help conserve our natural heritage

Withymead is a gem. Which we want to share with you.

We have a volunteer team who help with conservation and events, and new volunteers with general or specialist skills are always welcome.

What unites everyone who visits Withymead is their deep and profound connection with this special place by the Thames.

Volunteer with us

We are OPEN!

Opening Times:

Sundays 10am – 5pm, from 7 April to the end of August.

Fridays 2 hour exclusive visits, pre-bookable here

All visits are free of charge. Don’t forget our spectacular spring Lodden Lily season runs through April and early May.

In the winter we close for maintenance. However we can offer visits by prior arrangement with our Wardens subject to availability, contact them here.

Entrance to Withymead is free unless it is for commercial hire. Please consider donating to support our conservation work.

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Spotlights and updates

25th March 2024

Path improvements at Little Meadow

You may remember we asked for your care while we improved the Thames Path which runs through Little Meadow. We are pleased to report that the improvements are now complete.

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28th March 2024

Spotlight | The glorious glow worm

Normally when I write these, I stumble upon something intriguing, take some pictures, go researching and write something up. It’s not much, but it’s honest work.

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28th July 2024

Events | 28 July 2pm – 5pm Cream Tea Sunday

Enjoy the reserve and nature at its very best 10am-5pm. Round off your visit with delicious homemade cream teas, cakes and refreshments served 2pm-5pm in the Study Centre and Oak Grove. Entry is free, donations welcome.

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