New land acquisition for Earth Trust

By Earth Trust, May 2022

Supporting Earth Trust’s vision to inspire with the power of natural green spaces

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new area of land, presenting an exciting opportunity to enhance Earth Trust’s ability to demonstrate how farming and land management at scale can contribute to health & wellbeing, nature recovery, and climate change mitigation.

Lady Audrey Wood pictured here with Sir Martin Wood. Credit: Gabriel Hemery

Supported by a very generous donation from Audrey Wood, Earth Trust has acquired a 26.7 ha field, linked to the Earth Trust Farm and the Wittenham Clumps.

This represents a timely and strategically significant opportunity for Earth Trust to further contribute to:

Making more space for nature recovery

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, adjacent to Little Wittenham Woods (a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation) this field occupies a unique and strategically significant opportunity to support a more joined up ecosystem through the way we farm and care for the land.

Demonstrating new approaches and influencing regional policy

This acquisition enables us to demonstrate and pilot new land management practices and funding models at a time of landmark legislation and policy change within the UK environment and agriculture sector. As a result, Earth Trust will have even more to contribute and bring to the table in debate and regional decision making around the Agriculture Act, Environment Act and nature-based solutions. This also provides us with greater scope to explore and pilot the new funding models in policy development including ELMS and green offsetting schemes for biodiversity (BNG and Habitat Banking) and carbon.

Deepening public engagement with natural green spaces and heritage

Earth Trust has a role to play in helping to engage people with the landscape, heritage and farming. Nestled within a highly visible and accessible area of the Earth Trust Farm next to the iconic Wittenham Clumps (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), this land provides us with exciting new scope for deepening public engagement in our landscape heritage, nature friendly farming and opportunities to explore climate solutions; potentially with more community involvement with the environment.

Anne “Bessie” Kelaart OBE, pictured here in 2007.

The field will be named “Bessie’s Field”, celebrating the life of Anne “Bessie” Kelaart, who previously owned this area of land and contributed enormously to both Earth Trust, as a former trustee and to building bridges between conservation and farming nationally.

 

 

 

 

Bessie's field, Earth Trust

Bessie’s field, Earth Trust

 

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