The Otterhead Estate Trust

Area leased to the Otterhead Estate Trust

The Otterhead Lakes site is owned by Wessex Water. The majority of the landholding is leased to the Forestry Commission and to the Otterhead Estate Trust, while Wessex Water retains control of two lakes (Royston & House Lakes), the River Otter which joins the lakes, the associated dam structures and a parcel of land at the south end of the site below the dam. In addition to its primary function as a water source the site also forms part of the headwater of the River Otter. The lines in red show the area managed by the OET.

Map of the leased Otterhead Estate
Map of the Estate

About the The Otterhead Estate Trust

The Otterhead Estate Trust was established in 2007, with the aim of preserving and enhancing the environment, wildlife and heritage at Otterhead.

The Trust receives no core public funding, and is managed by a voluntary board of four Trustees. We are supported by several teams of volunteers. An Advisory Group meets annually and includes representatives from Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wessex Water, Forest School, Blackdown Hills AONB, and the Friends of Otterhead.

We are a registered charity - registration number 1191340.

To see more about our work and get involved click here:

Friends Of Otterhead

© Otterhead Estate Trust Ltd 2022