Vale Landscape Heritage Trust

THE VALE LANDSCAPE HERITAGE TRUST

The Vale Landscape Heritage Trust,whose aims are to protect and preserve the environment in the Vale of Evesham, is one of the largest landowners in the Parish of North and Middle Littleton. The Trust has three sites of differing character and interest.

LITTLETON PASTURES is an area of grazing meadow land which exhibits a fine example of ridge and furrow, indicating cultivation from very early times. A footpath passes diagonally across the meadow but there is also a circular route, part of which is a permissive path, around the fenced in grazing area. Access is from Manor Road in Middle Littleton and Farm Lane in South Littleton.

LITTLETON MEADOWS are situated alongside Offenham Park Caravan Site in the floodplain of the River Avon. Historcally, these meadows provided a valuable crop of hay for the farms of North Littleton. There is no public access to this site at the present time.

ARROW LANE SITE. This is a newly acquired site at the western end of Arrow Lane. During the early part of last century this land was devoted to orchards but, with the decline of fruit growing, it has been arable land for a nuber of years..Eventually, a community orchard will be developed here with open grassland to the top of the site. From the highest point there are panoramic views to Meon Hill and The Cotswolds to the east and Bredon Hill to the west. This area has a history of early occupation by man and, at present, an archaeological investigation is being undertaken. A permissive footpath will, eventually, allow access to this site.