Didcot Power Station Demolition, Sunday 18th August

Emergency procedures are being put in place at Earth Trust’s Wittenham Clumps

On Sunday 18th August RWE will be demolishing the final three cooling towers of Didcot A Power Station. RWE are actively discouraging people from viewing the demolition and whilst Earth Trust supports their decision, we recognise that some people will wish to view the demolition from the Wittenham Clumps. We know from previous experience (when the first three cooling towers were demolished) that the Wittenham Clumps are a popular destination, giving good landscape views. The power station has become an iconic landmark and the demolition of the towers will have a dramatic effect on the skyline.

Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity caring for 500 hectares of farmland, woodland and wetland, and our role is to safeguard these green spaces for the public to enjoy now and in the future. We are a charity that relies on donations and the support of volunteers to keep the spaces that you love protected and accessible. We take our care of the Wittenham Clumps seriously and in preparation for Sunday 18th we are putting in place emergency procedures that will require funding from core resources.

If you are planning on visiting early on Sunday morning, we kindly ask you to be vigilant in helping us look after these green spaces. Please be mindful of our local neighbours, it is imperative that we keep access routes clear for emergency services so please don’t park in Little Wittenham village or in laybys. Given that our emergency procedures are over and above our usual visitor management of the Earth Trust Farm and Wittenham Clumps, we ask that you make a donation to help support the Trust look after and protect green spaces in our care. There will be donation boxes on site or you can support our work by donating online.

If you do plan to visit then we kindly ask that you respect our guidelines outlined below:

  • There is limited car parking and the access country lanes are narrow; please do not park along the road or in the laybys as this will obstruct traffic and could cause serious problems if the emergency services cannot get through.
  • We urge people to wait until it is light (around 5am) to travel.
  • Overnight camping is not allowed on our land; the area is designated  a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  • Do not light campfires or barbecues, these pose a serious fire risk as the grass is dry during the summer and fire could spread quickly; any fire will have an impact on the ecology and biodiversity on site.
  • We are a working farm so please be mindful of cattle on site (they are currently grazing in Church Meadow next to the Clumps).
  • And finally, please keep these green spaces clean, tidy and safe for visitors and wildlife. Please take all of your litter home with you! 

 

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