Earth Trust is an environmental learning and outreach charity, located in south Oxfordshire, in the UK, between the towns of Didcot, Abingdon and Wallingford. We care for over 1,200 acres of mixed farmland, woodland, waterways and wetlands, as well as five community reserves. Our spaces include a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, nature reserves and the iconic landmark, the Wittenham Clumps. We provide free access to more than 150,000 visits per year, making us one of the most widely visited ‘free to access’ green spaces in the South East of England.
Our charitable aims are to be the ‘champion’ for accessible natural green spaces (not just ours, but for people and communities everywhere) and our mission is to give people the opportunities to engage with their environment through these spaces. We aim to strike a balance between providing access for all, delivering public goods through our farming and forestry, as well as delivering benefits for the planet through conserving biodiversity and a wealth of habitats and natural capital. We deliver this through: a variety of education and outreach activities for mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) schools (including a course leading to an accredited qualification for SEN pupils); public engagement; apprenticeships and volunteering activities to over 200 volunteers. We manage our spaces through farming (providing businesses for seven tenants), innovative habitat maintenance and creation (including new wetlands), scientific research and public engagement to deliver a ‘green health service’ solution for the local population.