Friends of Boars Hill

Friends of Boars Hill

Welcome to the

Friends of Boars Hill

This is a group of local residents who are committed to nurturing and growing this hallowed spot in Oxfordshire for future and current generations to enjoy.  We love Boars Hill for its peace and beauty; its countryside and sense of openness.  Boars Hill is a vibrant community, always changing and improving within the character of the area.

Our current focus is on the specific planning proposals being considered at the old Open University site which we see threatening that character without any sympathy for or real understanding of the needs of local residents.

Boars Hill residents have for long had to stand up for the Green Belt and the contribution that Boars Hill makes to the Oxford scene:


We have not been alone, and in particular the Oxford Preservation Trust with its goal to guide development and ensure that Oxford’s rural setting is maintained for all to enjoy, has been a significant contributor in the preservation of notable green assets such as the ‘Old Golf Course’.

But recently, Peking University HSBC Business School has purchased Foxcombe Hall and its grounds. They aim extensively to develop the site, exploiting the Oxford name by creating a significant commercial venture in our village.  The character of the Hill would be fundamentally changed if this development takes place.  We believe that we must act proactively to protect the Green Belt and the local environment for the future as those before have done for us.


Our aim above all, is for Boars Hill to remain a tranquil rural Oxford community.

Our neighbourhood

Walking the footpaths and bridleways through Boars Hill can bring unexpected delights, no more so than in spring.

Latest News:

The formal application has been lodged. See the documents on the VOWH website page here.

We are now meeting with the FoBH advisory team and planning our work. We have an excellent group of experts to put forward technical and planning arguments and to represent the views of residents.

Many thanks to all of those who have contributed.  If you havent yet, please donate what you feel you can.  See About Us tab, Supporters bank details.

Make sure you are on our mailing list and if not send us an email; see Contacts Tab above. Also email us with your views!