How does it work?
Simple… At our Crop Circle Exhibition in St. Peters Church in Marlborough, as well as other crop circle related locations, we will collect donations in special donation boxes from the visiting public, crop circle researchers and other interested parties in order to compensate the farming community for losses caused by the creation of crop circles.
At the end of the summer season we will have a clear documentation of all crop circles in England that farmers graciously allowed visitors access to. All of the donations collected over the preceding period will be evenly divided between these farmers who allowed access to crop circles and forwarded to them.
After all monies have been distributed to affected farmers, a statement of account will be made publicly showing how much was collected and to which farms the donations were forwarded to.
Our aim is to reimburse as many farmers in England as is possible for allowing access to their fields so the general public can visit and enjoy crop circles in the knowledge that the landowner will receive some compensation. The Famers Crop Circle Reimbursement Fund is specifically set up for this, and is solely based on the principle of donations.
Before entering a crop circle please check if the farmer granted access. This can be seen on our website, Mobile App or on our Facebook page.
If there is no clarity regarding access (yet), please do not assume that permission is given. There could be many reasons for farmers to deny access.
When there is a sign asking not to enter the field, please respect it.
Crop circles and their visitors are a big concern for the farming community as it affects their livelihood and privacy. It has been estimated that each crop circle costs the farmer between 500-1000 GBP.
Funds from donations are exclusively used to compensate farmers. Contributions are managed by the Farmers’ Crop Circle Reimbursement Fund.
Having made a donation does not imply that all crop circles can be visited, this is only for circles were access has been granted by the farmer.
We wish to make it clear that the Crop Circle Donation Scheme is presented as a suggestion to crop circle visitors, tour groups and other interested parties. We have no intention, capacity or desire to enforce the collection of any access payments. We do however hope that crop circle visitors will see the benefits of this initiative and participate in order to help further develop good working relationships with the farming comunity.
Many farmers are justifiably very angry at the destruction of their crop, the loss of income and the lack of respect for their land that they feel is often displayed by visitors. Visitors are often upset by angry responses from farmers as they do not fully understand the reasons for this.
Visitors may not be aware of the extent of this negative experience of farmers. There is a very real risk that all or many formations will be immediately cut out. The time to improve the experience of farmers is very definitely right now. We plead with all to understand and accept the changes being made in the gentle management of this phenomenon.
At it’s core the Initiative represents a greatly simplified evolutionary step for the Crop Circle Access Pass Scheme that operated specifically in Wiltshire, UK the previous years , which has been developed through a significant process of consultation that has included the Devizes Constituency MP (Claire Perry), Farmers, the Rural Crime Team of Wiltshire Constabulary, the National Farmers Union, Wiltshire Council, the Director of the Wiltshire Museum, the CEO of VisitWiltshire. We have also consulted widely within the crop circle comunity – researchers, cropcircle tourleaders and conderence organizers and anual visitors – in this effort to bring about positive and lasting change.
All money from Access Donation Passes will go directly to the affected farmers. This will be managed by the Farmers Crop Circle Reimbursement Fund.
People come to Wiltshire from all corners of the world each summer, arriving with a simple set of burning questions. Where do these crop circles come from? Are they ‘real’?
Can I visit circle a circle? And if so, is there a code of conduct to follow?
We help to answer these questions.
Learn all about crop circles at our special summer exhibition (10th July - 10th August 2015) at St. Peter's Church in Marlborough.
St. Peter's Church
Wiltshire SN8 1HQ
10th July - 10th August 2015
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sundays: 10am - 3 pm
Only when a farmer granted access.
Please check our website and Mobile App to see which circles can be visited.
Crop Circle Access Centre