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Ovington Water Meadows

near New Alresford
OS Landranger Map 185, Grid Ref SU564318 (Itchen Stoke Mill)
Client: Roger Harrison and family

Ovington is home to the majority of Hampshire's surviving area of water meadows. HCV has had one or two tasks here every year for more years than we want to remember. It could be due to the wonderful site, or the tea afterwards, or probably both. Some unreasonably wet weather of recent times has failed to put us off the main task of clearing and digging out the network of ditches to allow water to spread to all the right places. Work has also included bridge and sluice repairs, fencing to enable grazing on some of the top meadows, cutting woody growth on the meadows, and experimentally rejuvenating old ditch systems. Our Sunday afternoon task in autumn traditionally results in a fascinating test flooding of the main meadow.

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2014 Another successful weekend, resulting in a good flood. Photos by Karen and Alan.

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2015 One and a half day's days work resulted in another decent flooding of the meadows. A custom-made bench was installed, in memory of Jane Hallé. Thanks to Karen for the first six photos.



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2017. This annual visit to Ovington was rewarded with good weather and a lot of progress in maintaining the channel structure and vegetation on the meadow. Thanks to Maria Watson's husband for the photos.
Please also see the page on wetlands for more on water meadows.



We return in the autumn to carry out our annual task of clearing the main channel, then possibly flooding the meadow.


Directions

Meet at 10am at Itchen Stoke Mill. From the A31, take East Lane towards Ovington. Go down the hill and turn right to the mill.
Look out for our yellow HCV flags.

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