The Guardians of Oxford
On the 4th of September, the Director of the “Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT)”, Debbie Dance, came to PHBS UK Campus to give a presentation on how OPT has been engaged with local people and communities for protection of green environment in Oxfordshire. China Construction Bank (CCB) executives participated in the presentation and raised many questions related to the history of OPT, its main goals and plans.
From castles to cottages, gardens to acres of fields, pubs to bridges, their mission is to conserve “the best of Oxford’s past and help create a positive future”. Created in 1927, as a charity institution, Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) receive donations and, in some cases, buys private property, opening it up for public use.
Their offices are in the saved C17th cottages in St Ebbe’s, Shakespeare’s Painted Room, and they get to restore and give back to the city of Oxford many other emblematic places like the Oxford Castle, and even the railway Swingbridge.
Following the belief that the knowledge and passion for Oxford should be taught from the early stage; they work with schools and youth groups, giving them a chance to connect with their place in informal, entertaining and creative ways.
OPT also tries to influence the planning of the city, helping to guide a positive change and preserving its surroundings, the green landscape and its views. In partnership with the University of Oxford, OPT established “Oxford Open Doors”.
Usually during the weekend, this event provides engaging moments. It gives everyone the chance to rediscover the city in a way that usually would not be possible. With the doors open, people are invited in to places across the University, Colleges and into Town, so everyone, young and old, may be able to enjoy the treasures that Oxford has to offer. The next “Oxford Open Doors” event will be on the 14 and 15 September.
The class ended at the tower of the PHBS Business School to gaze at the beautiful green fields, with the city of Oxford far away in the horizon; A property that is owned by OPT. Celebrated by poets and painters, this view seems to show the city of Oxford like it is “rising up from the water”, Debbie Dance said. It does seem like a painted view.
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