In a tradition going back 40 years, the Earth Trust marked its important role in facilitating access to green spaces with its annual Rose Ceremony.

The chairman of Oxfordshire County Council presented a rose to the environmental charity, representing a peppercorn rent that allows public access to areas such as Wittenham Clumps in South Oxfordshire.

The Earth Trust also manages community reserves in Wallingford, Didcot and Abingdon

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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 per cent increase in footfall at Earth Trust places. 

Jayne Manley, CEO of the 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."

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