Aether and its staff have supported Earth Trust since 2015. In 2021, an Aether donation matched £1-for-£1 public donations to enable young people to access to outdoor learning. By pledging to double donations, Aether’s support encouraged people to give and Earth Trust smashed its target. In 2019 an Aether staff team carried out much needed repairs to the deer fence which protects Paradise Wood, Earth Trust’s research woodland, and a company donation enabled Earth Trust to plant trees in Little Wittenham Wood.
Tim Read, Senior Land Manager at Earth Trust explained: “Paradise Wood is a national resource for research into trees, their health and resilience and species diversity which will enable foresters to produce high quality hardwood timber. We are very grateful for the work the Aether team has done. With Aether’s donation we have planted broadleaved species typical of the area in Little Wittenham Wood. A mix of tree species and ages in the woodland is vital for the sustainable management of the wood and is a foundation for encouraging biodiversity, providing an array of habitats for birds, insects and small mammals. Many thanks to Aether on behalf of our many ‘residents’ – from beetles to butterflies – and the visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy Little Wittenham Wood.”