Return of annual Rose Ceremony celebrations

The important role of Earth Trust in championing access is marked this week with the return of the annual Rose Ceremony. In a tradition going back 40 years, the Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council will present a rose to the environmental charity, representing a peppercorn rent that allows public access to Earth Trust’s green spaces. Thursday 24th June sees a smaller gathering than in previous years (due to Covid-19 restrictions) giving the charity a chance to thank its many supporters and stakeholders. The event is also being live-streamed to supporters and volunteers who can’t be there in person.

Public access to green spaces and the ability to connect with nature has proved invaluable to many people over the last 18 months, and last year saw a 246% increase in footfall at Earth Trust places. Jayne Manley, CEO Earth Trust said “Whilst people’s health and wellbeing improves through access to green spaces, it is only when people connect with the environment that both people and the planet benefit. Putting people at the heart of climate and ecological solutions, as we work together for a sustainable future, is important. It is clear to Earth Trust that we need more green spaces, greater access and stimulating opportunities where people connect and engage with nature.”

With growing consciousness of the nature and climate emergencies, Earth Trust’s purpose is more relevant than ever. How people live and interact with the environment is critical to the long-term sustainability of our planet’s natural resources. Following a challenging year they are working hard to shape future collaborations that advocate, champion and deliver the benefits that green spaces have to offer in South Oxfordshire and beyond.