Ouzel Meadows The Ouzel Meadows are 34 acres of flood meadows providing access right through the heart of of Leighton Buzzard town centre. The meadows are owned by Leighton Linslade Town Council, with The Greensand Trust providing support to implement a Higher Level Stewardship scheme on the site. Access to the meadows is also possible via paths from neighbouring roads and also from The Globe public house. The Meadows are the floodplain of the River Ouzel and are therefore subject to seasonal flooding. This contributes to the unique characteristics of the meadows and to the plant and animal communities found here. The meadows support a range of plants typical of damp meadows including meadowsweet, cuckoo flower, marsh marigold and yellow iris. The re-introduction of cattle grazing has encouraged the spread of traditional meadow flowers and their associated wildlife. The old willow trees are being pollarded to ensure their survival. Interpretation boards around the site explain details regarding grazing, the river and its floodplain and why flooding is good. There are a number of tracks across the meadows with links to neighbouring footpaths and The Grand Union Canal towpath.