We’ve created this map as part of our Sense of Place project to let you know more about the site, click on the red dots to find out about key features of the site.
Neptune Wood was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Over 10,251 oak trees were planted to commemorate the tens of thousands of trees used to construct naval vessels.
The trees are a combination of French, Spanish and British oak. HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship, was built of wood from over 5,000 oaks and the entire fleet of 27 ships contained around 50,000 oaks.
Paradise Wood is a national research woodland dedicated to the improvement of hardwood tree species for increased timber productivity.
The Earth Trust, in collaboration with other organisations, has established a number of forestry trials which have evolved to become the largest collection of hardwood forestry trials in Britain.
Broad Arboretum has every tree species native to Oxfordshire along with recent introductions such as walnut, sycamore and chestnut. You can wander along its grassy paths before stopping for lunch in the picnic area, keeping an eye out for the collection of carved wooden animals as you go.
Wittenham Clumps – Round Hill
From here you can see stunning views of South Oxfordshire, aswell as looking out at the landscape it is a great place to look upwards as this is one of the best places to spot Red Kites.
Wittenham Clumps – Castle Hill
Full of curved ramparts and ditches that date from the Iron age, archaeological work has also shown that Castle Hill was the site of an earlier Bronze Age hill fort.
Little Wittenham Wood
Home to many tree species including ash, oak, sycamore and beech as well as shrubs such as elder, hazel and hawthorn. Little Wittenham Wood is of international importance and a Special Area of Conservation, largely because of its population of great crested newts.
River of Life
Every generation has an opportunity to do something truly special, something that may have consequences far beyond those originally envisaged. Rarely are there such opportunities for the natural environment. Yet, in 2013, in the UK, we have such an opportunity - to create a wild stretch of the iconic River Thames which will help save threatened wetland wildlife, improve water quality, and change the relationship that society has with its wetlands and wildlife, now and for future generations. Along more than two kilometres of the riverbank, we will restore wetland features and wildlife habitats that were more typically seen two centuries ago.
In August 2010, the Earth Trust Farm almost doubled in size with the purchase of adjoining land at North Farm. Managed as a typical economic lowland mixed farm, optimising conservation and wildlife, the fields are predominantly arable (wheat and rape) with grazing on the unimproved pasture. In addition to areas of new woodland, the Earth Trust aims to create more than 50 ha of wetland habitat on the banks of the Thames, providing over 4 km of continuous semi-natural habitat.
Visible from the A4130 between Didcot and Wallingford, Bushey Bank is an area of 2.2 ha of unimproved grassland on an relic chalk escarpment. Many plant species such as rock rose and thyme can be found here and once the site is regularly grazed many more species such as clustered bellflower, small scabious as well as butterflies and insects will thrive on this dry, sunny bank.
Visiting the Earth Trust
The Nature Reserve and Wittenham Clumps is open to all free of charge 365 days a year. There is a network of walks with lots to see and do all year round. Pick up our walking leaflet to find out more. Please note the main Earth Trust car park closes at 4pm, the Clumps car park (100 yards on left) is always open.
Earth Trust welcomes dogs to all sites but please be responsible and pick up after your dog. Sheep and cattle graze several Earth Trust sites, there will be signs on gates alerting you, dogs should be kept on leads when entering these fields.
Earth Trust sites are visited by school groups. If you spot a group of children while walking it would be appreciated if dogs could be put on a lead before heading towards them - thank you.
Unless otherwise stated dogs are not permitted to accompany you to any Earth Trust event, course, guided walk or workshop you may be attending.
Poem Tree Cafe & Timescape Exhibition
The Poem Tree Cafe and Timescape Exhibition are located next to Fison Barn at the Earth Trust Centre. Currently they are open during large Earth Trust events, not on a daily basis.
Schools and groups
If you would like to explore the Earth Trust Centre as part of a school or group visit then please visit our Learning section to find out more. It would be appreciated if all coach parties could reach Earth Trust via Sires Hill, avoiding Little Wiitenham village. For more information and bookings please call 01865 407792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QZ Tel: 01865 407792.
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