Earth Trust News – Issue 10

Exclusive newsletter for Earth Trust Supporters
Issue 10 – Summer 2022

We hope you will enjoy exploring our latest exclusive updates and related articles.

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Championing access to green spaces for everyone

By Jayne Manley – Earth Trust CEO
Earlier this month, the important role of Earth Trust in championing access to green spaces for everyone was marked with the return of the annual Rose Ceremony. In a tradition going back several decades, the Chair of Oxfordshire County Council, Susanna Pressel, presented a rose to the Earth Trust as a peppercorn rent for public access to Wittenham Clumps.
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Featured Article

Thanking the Earth: News on our evolving food and farming strategy

The food choices we make directly impact our own health and that of the planet, but the farming sector is undergoing significant change, with impacts coming from many angles. Brexit and the changes to government funding, the radical focus needed on climate change and biodiversity, the need to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes all combine to demand change for how we farm and produce food.

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News in brief

CIEEM award for Bushey Bank

Earth Trust and partners, Environment Bank and Taylor Wimpey, are proud to have been awarded the CIEEM Award for ‘Best Practice - Small Scale Mitigation’ for our pioneering biodiversity offsetting project at Bushey Bank. The project has successfully demonstrated quantifiable Biodiversity Net Gain and how new partnerships can enable growth in business whilst improving the natural environment.

Highlights from our ‘Building Nature In’ event

Can we design, build and live in places where people and nature thrive in balance? More than 100 representatives from local authorities, advisory bodies, planning, construction & development, social enterprise and environmental groups met to discuss ‘Building Nature In’ to the places where people live, work and play. This event marks the beginning of an exciting journey as Earth Trust seek to challenge the construction sector to truly integrate nature and ecosystems with the built environment.

Scientifically discovering our wetland inhabitants

We’ll soon be able to find out exactly what wildlife has been enjoying our new wetland habitat at the River of Life II floodplain area, thanks to a new biodiversity monitoring station. Our friends at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) are helping us with an ecological study to better understand the impact of the changes in biodiversity and ‘re-wilding’ of our newly created wetland features.

Introducing… Bessie’s field

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 new area of land presents 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.

This year marks 40 years of Earth Trust championing accessible natural green spaces for everyone.

40 anniversary logo

A reminder of some of our milestone moment can be found here

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Forthcoming events this summer

Plans are underway for a range of exciting events, starting this summer, as we explore the ground beneath our feet and focus on the theme of thanking the earth. We will be offering a series of walks, talks and tours around some of our green spaces, led by our knowledgeable volunteers and rangers, as well as hosting family fun activities in our fantastic Earth Lab classroom and around the Earth Trust centre site. Visit the ‘What’s on’ page on our website for full details and booking information.

 

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