Recent history on Orford Ness

Unexplded Ordnance sign Orford Ness

In 1993 the Ministry of Defence sold Orford Ness to the National Trust. By then the importance of the landscape and the diverse wildlife it supported were becoming apparent, in particular the internationally rare and extremely fragile coastal vegetated shingle. We now carefully protect its natural and historic features.

RAF bomb disposal

From the 1970s the Ness was home to RAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Large quantities of munitions were destroyed on the Ness, an often noisy process. The last service personnel to be based on site left in 1987, opening the way for vandals and the foolhardy curious.  However, the Ness remained officially closed to the public, with the occasional trial on new equipment conducted as the need arose.
 

The National Trust takes ownership

In 1993 the Ministry of Defence sold Orford Ness to the National Trust. By then the importance of the landscape of the spit and the wildlife it supported were becoming apparent, in particular the internationally rare and extremely fragile coastal vegetated shingle. The Trust now carefully protects its natural and historic features.

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Gauge board airfield site

LIFE projects on Orford Ness 

Major projects have been undertaken to improve the environment on Orford Ness for wildlife and visitors.