About Ewelme Watercress Beds

The hub of the British watercress industry in the 20th Century, Ewelme is a picturesque and historical 6.5 acre site which has been owned by the Chiltern Society since 1992 and is conserved beautifully by our volunteers.

Although the site was once an active watercress farm selling produce nationwide until 1988, it is now a nature reserve allowing the local wildlife population to thrive.

The unique aquatic habitat that has been created at Ewelme is a haven for a wide variety of rare and interesting British wildlife. In addition to the watercress, dozens of other plant species exist at Ewelme, further contributing to its natural beauty.

Nestled in the centre of the stunning village of Ewelme, this site is well worth a visit.

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What you can spot…binoculars

Water vole

Visit us…

How to find us

OX10 6HQ

White Coach No. 125

Cholsey Station (9.5km from site)

Opening times

Public parts of the reserve are free to visit and open all year.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the visitors centre is currently CLOSED.

Usual visitor centre opening times:
May – September: At 2pm on the first Sunday each month.

October – April: At 10:30 on the first Sunday each month.