Award for pioneering Earth Lab

Earth Trust is delighted to have won the Award for Most Innovative and Sustainable Initiative of the Year at the OxPropFest Awards, in recognition of our innovative new build – Earth Lab. The award was made at UKPropFest 2021 on Thursday 9th September 2021 – an event designed to bring together property, science and innovation communities from across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to explore best practice and new ideas.

Left to right, Greg Searle MBE olympic gold medallist; Jayne Manley, CEO Earth Trust; Jemma Davey, Trustee Earth Trust; Daniel Geoghegan, Chief Executive, Bicester Motion Image courtesy of

Earth Lab – our new learning and engagement building – was flying the flag at the event for environmental awareness. It is a cutting-edge demonstration of one way in which industry and developers can tackle the challenges we face as we strive to build sustainably  – whether climate and carbon, ecosystems and biodiversity or health and access to nature.

Jayne Manley, CEO who received the award, said, “For Earth Lab to have been nominated in two categories at the OxProp Awards was testament to its originality and its ability to connect people with their natural environment. To have won the Award for Most Innovative and Sustainable Initiative of the Year is absolutely fantastic. Earth Lab is a living, working building that offers a glimpse into a sustainable future on our wonderful planet and I hope it has and will continue to inspire people to think differently about development projects and what can be achieved.”

Jayne was also involved in a panel discussion at the event, ‘Colouring in the Green Arc’, that debated ways in which development across the Arc can be done in a sustainable manner for all communities.

We are grateful to all our partners and funders who played a part in bringing the Earth Trust vision to reality and achieving our goals for the Earth Lab, including Agile Property, Baqus, Beard, Curtins, Method Consulting, OxLEP, The Banister Charitable Trust, the Patsy Wood Trust, the Lucas and Reed families and other anonymous funders.

Read more in Jayne’s blog