A 5 acre area of greenspace in the heart of Oswestry

Nearest to

Oswestry

Location

Oswestry Centre

Postcode

SY11 2JP

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.86105, -3.0485779

Opening times

Open all year.

About

Wilfred Owen Green is a welcoming and well maintained site featuring play areas, footpaths and benches. Wildflower meadows, formal grassed areas and one of Europe’s largest labyrinths provide much for the visitor to this respected site.

Wilfred Owen Green is a highly popular award winning area of greenspace at the heart of Oswestry. Formerly the 5 acre site was home to a vast array of railway lines, buildings and support structures serving the local lime industry.

In later years and for some 4 decades the site was unmanaged and became a haven for wildlife and a popular place for locals to enjoy the delights of the countryside in the centre of this market town.

The Wilfred Owen Green we have today took shape in 2010 after the site was designated a Town Green. The design of the site incorporates well maintained formal grassland, flower beds, a footpath network and benches. Numerous trees have been planted throughout the site including a small arboretum containing some unusual specimens. Play areas have been incorporated through the site gently leading to the more natural space of adjacent Shelf Bank. Wildflower meadows meander around the boundaries blending with woodland along the scheduled ancient monument of Wat’s Dyke. Towards the northern end of the space there can be found one of Europe’s largest open air raised turf labyrinths which is a delight to observe from the elevated vantage point of Shelf Bank. The play value of the Labyrinth is also apparent, firing children’s imagination to jump and run amongst its mounds and troughs.

The site forms a vital pedestrian route to the town centre and is central to Oswestry’s important Green Network. Oswald’s Trail, a 12.6 mile promoted circular walking route starts from Wilfred Owen Green and an information panel near to the medical centre car park offers additional information about the route. A 3D map of the site with brail situated at the southern end of the site near the railway crossing allows visually impaired visitors the chance to visualise the site.

Wilfred Owen Green was formerly opened by Peter Owen, Wilfred Owens nephew, in 2010. The site was so named in remembrance of the great war poet, born in Oswestry, who would have left for the Front from the adjacent railway station after basic training at Park Hall in nearby Whittington.

In 2010 the site won Oswestry and District Civic Societies’ Mary Hignett Environment Award. In 2012 a further protective recognition was received when Wilfred Owen Green became a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust and continues to be a favourite destination for many locals and visitors to the town.

Things to see and do

  • Formal and natural play facilities and opportunities.
  • Wildflower meadows.
  • Large open air labyrinth.

Getting there

Bus routes to Oswestry town centre.

Join in

Please see the Volunteer Rangers page for more information.