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Radley Lakes wildlife agreement signed

Plans are being drawn up to ensure that Thrupp Lake, a wildlife haven being created from former gravel workings near Radley in Oxfordshire, can be used as an educational resource as well as protecting the area’s wildlife value.

A formal agreement has now been signed between RWE npower and wildlife partners Northmoor Trust, who are drawing up detailed plans for the area in consultation with local people.

The Northmoor Trust has been asked to look at the Sandles building alongside Thrupp Lake to consider options for its future use, perhaps as an educational resource with outdoor learning space where people can look at habitat creation and interpretation.

 

John Rainford, manager at RWE npower’s Didcot A Power Station, said:

The agreement puts the funding in place so that between now and the end of the year the Northmoor Trust can look at all possible options.

That might mean renovating the Sandles building or it may be more sensible to put the educational resource elsewhere. Northmoor Trust will look at the costings and the wildlife implications of the various options and then report back to us and the local community.

Many people have said they would like to see a circular route around the lakes, bird hides and other facilities but it is important that the habitats are protected while allowing such access and the Northmoor Trust has the expertise to come forward with recommendations.

Once that study is completed we aim to put in place a longer term agreement at the beginning of next year when there will be further consultation around Northmoor Trust’s findings with local stakeholders.”

 

Harry Barton, CEO of Northmoor Trust, said:

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity. Thrupp Lake is a beautiful site with a lot of demands on it. Our proposals will aim to strike the best possible balance between the needs of people and wildlife. We are now working on costed plans for all aspects of the area, and we look forward to discussing these with npower and the local community over the coming months.”

[Update 17/09/2011]

25 Year agreement signed.

The Earth Trust (formerly the Northmoor Trust) and RWE npower have now formally signed a 25 leasing and management agreement, which runs until 31 December 2035. Under this agreement, the Earth Trust will manage Thrupp Lake as a nature reserve and educational resource on behalf of the landowners, RWE npower, and the local community.

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