River levels remain high but are now reducing after 6 days without rain in the last week. Natural England have temporarily closed North Meadow from 14th April until 19th May and have issued a closure notice and map showing the area of restriction.
The closure will be in place until the floodwaters have receded and ground conditions have improved to such an extent that people accessing the site will not cause damage to the sensitive habitats for which the site is internationally important.
Cricklade Bloomers Fritillary Tea Room will still be open this weekend if you are in Cricklade and would like some light refreshments. It is run by volunteers and all proceeds will be used to fund the floral displays in Cricklade.
The meadow will dry quickly after a few days of warmer dry weather. It is possible Natural England will open North Meadow to the public before 19th May if conditions allow. Check back here for further updates on the condition of the meadow.