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.