Cothill Pitt is the old quarry site on Cothill Road between the Doghouse Pub and Merry Miller Pub, also known as Hitchcopse South Sandpit. It falls within Oxford's Green Belt.
In 2014 the site was sold to a developer who proposed building 14 timber lodges described as seasonal holiday accommodation and car park.
The Save Cothill Pitt action group was formed from concerned locals and nature lovers. After significant opposition in July 2015 the second of two planning applications was withdrawn by the developer.
In March 2016 the land passed into new ownership and shortly after gained recognition as a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and is termed Hitchcopse South Sandpit. The new owner is working with the local Wildlife Trust and other groups including Save Cothill Pitt to manage the land. Public access, however, has become more restricted to designated public footpaths.
This is the website for the action group Save Cothill Pitt.
For more information see our news page.
Save Cothill Pitt
The grassland flowers and fungi gives this site a unique character. From the curious bee orchid to the bramble laden with blackberries and meadow coral fungi in autumn.
Anyone who has visited the area around Cothill will know it is bursting with wildlife. Learn more about the animals and birds Cothill Pitt supports.
Land around Oxford was formally designated as Green Belt in 1975. Visit this page to read more about why this decision was made and what are the main purposes of the Green Belt today.
The site, of some 26.63 acres, would formerly have been agricultural land, perhaps not of high value, and was for many years the property of the Morland family of parsons, farmers, brewers and lawyers.