Ox Pond Restoration

We’ve given new life to an historic pond, creating another beautiful destination for visitors to enjoy at Windsor and enhancing biodiversity value.

In Victorian times, Windsor’s ox pond was a place where livestock came for water. Over the years, it had gone into decline. Through our stewardship programme, we’re delighted to have restored and renovated this highly visible area of the estate.

We cleared and dredged the pond to clean the water. We also removed invasive bracken from the surrounding area, giving sensitive habitats the opportunity to regenerate.

We’re delighted to have restored Windsor’s historic Ox Pond, enhancing the area for visitors and wildlife alike”

Phil Edwards, Parks Manager at Windsor

In addition, we moved the pond’s edge by around a metre, so that we could relocate a nearby horse track to avoid it going through ecologically valuable grassland.

All the pond improvement works have been carefully planned and delivered to enhance biodiversity. We now plan to carry out biodiversity surveys to record the different plant species present, as well as identifying any amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals breeding, feeding or resident in the area.

The restored ox pond is now another beautiful destination for visitors to enjoy, set amidst Windsor’s ancient woodlands. This will add value for the many people who love to spend time here – from walkers and runners, to painters and poets.

Phil Edwards, Parks Manager at Windsor, said: “Millions of visitors come from near and far to enjoy Windsor’s unique landscape each year, steeped in a rich history that spans centuries. As active land managers, we’re delighted to have restored Windsor’s historic ox pond, enhancing the area for visitors and wildlife alike.”