About Friends of Radley Lakes

Friends of Radley Lakes is a community group which exists to care for the Radley Lakes area, between Abingdon and Radley in Oxfordshire.

We work closely with the Earth Trust, which is managing Thrupp Lake, an important part of the overall area.

Members of Friends of Radley Lakes take part in conservation work parties, and we organise regular social and fundraising events. We also comment on planning applications and other matters which may affect the Lakes.

Find out more about how you can support our work by joining us, by donating or by volunteering with us.


Friends of Radley Lakes grew out of the Save Radley Lakes campaign group. Between 2005 and 2008, Save Radley Lakes campaigned to save Thrupp Lake and Bullfield Lake from being filled with ash from Didcot Power Station.

In December 2008, RWE nPower (which owns Thrupp Lake) announced that the lake would no longer be needed for ash disposal. Subsequently, Earth Trust was appointed to manage Thrupp Lake. The aim was to look after the important wildlife interest of the site and to provide public access to it, including the proposed construction of an environmental visitor centre for educational visits and community use.

In May 2010, the Save Radley Lakes campaign group held an Extraordinary General Meeting, at which it was agreed to adopt the name ‘Friends of Radley Lakes’, along with new aims to reflect the changed situation at the Lakes.


  • To represent the views of all those who care about the Radley Lakes and their future.
  • To support and assist Earth Trust in its management of Thrupp Lake, and any part of the Radley Lakes that the Earth Trust may eventually become responsible for.
  • To support and assist any other charitable body that may become positively engaged in conservation activities at the Radley Lakes.
  • To promote the restoration and good management of the Radley Lakes for wildlife conservation and public recreation, and to do this by dealing with it and its wildlife as part of the wider Abingdon/Radley area, as far as circumstances allow.

Friends of Radley Lakes (Save Radley Lakes) Constitution (pdf).