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Our milestones

A history spanning 35 years


We acquire Little Wittenham Wood and take on our first employee, Robin Buxton. 


We acquire the Wittenham Clumps and much of the surrounding farmland.  


Our farming operation and educational programme start


College Farm was acquired in 1992 and a year later the the first trees were planted in Paradise Wood - a national research woodland looking at broadleaved trees and climate change.


Sustainable Farming Initiative is established. We trial innovative techniques including ‘beetle banks’,  now commonly used across the UK. 


We finish planting the Broad Arboretum, named after the forester Ken Broad, which has every tree native to Oxfordshire. 


The Wild Waste Show starts, delivering the waste reduction message to schools via the Wild Waste bus.


We start managing three local Community Meadows: Wallingford Castle Meadows and Riverside Meadows in Wallingford, and Mowbray Fields in Didcot.


Little Wittenham Wood receives SSSI and Special Area of Conservation status, establishing it as one of the most important sites for wildlife in Europe.  


We secure a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant and begin the renovation of derelict buildings at Hill Farm into a visitor centre complex.


Neptune Wood is planted with the help of the local community to commerorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.


We move into our new environmentally friendly offices, built by volunteers.

The building subsequently wins the 'Best in British Timber' award 2008.


The new Visitor Centre (Earth Trust Centre) opens to the public, with the Poem Tree cafe, Fison Barn and the Timescape Exhibition.

We hold the first Children’s Food Festival in Abingdon, with Raymond Blanc and Sophie Grigson as Patrons and over 15,000 attendees.


Energy Busters project starts, taking the message of saving energy to 15,000 school children each year. The Energy Bus is launched the following year.


We start managing Thrupp Lake at Radley, one of the county’s top bird sites, with the help of RWE npower (who own the Lake) and the local community.

We hold the second Children’s Food Festival on our land at Little Wittenham.


We acquire 500 acres of beautiful farmland adjacent to Little Wittenham Wood.  We are now the proud owners of two and a half miles of Thames frontage.


We change our name to the Earth Trust.


Families flock to our Lambing Weekends, run with Camilla and Roly from our Farm Step business, and we had more visitors than ever. 

New ponds created in Little Wittenham Wood add to the perfect breeding habitat for great crested newts.

Restored steps and a new path through Beech Hangar in Little Wittenham Wood provides a new circular walk and makes the woodland more accessible.


The River of Life project launches, aiming to transform 2km of the Thames riverbank we acquired into fantastic habitats for wildlife and a showcase wetland for visitors and other land managers.


We take on the management of Abbey Fishponds in Abingdon, on behalf of the Vale of White Horse District Council. 

River of Life is the joint recipient of the Best Practice Award for Practical Nature Conservation at the CIEEM Awards.


The 100th wedding reception is held in Fison Barn

Ash dieback is discovered in Paradise Wood - on the surface this is devastating news but every cloud has a silver lining and it will actually help our research.

We are awarded a one year management contract to look after some of the land that is now grassland and developing woodland within the complex of former lakes at Radley.


The first Earth Trust Apprenticeships are launched.

Earth Trust Volunteers receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.


After several years of consultation and preparation our planning application to improve visitor facilities is approved by the SODC planning committee.

We celebrate the 90th birthdays of our inspirational patrons Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood.