London Wildlife Trust
Happy 30th Birthday to London Wildlife Trust
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25/07/2011 12:12: Happy Birthday to London Wildlife Trust!Happy Birthday to London Wildlife Trust! The remarkable urban conservation charity celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
The story of London Wildlife Trust is one of volunteers, staff, and local people working tirelessly to protect the capital’s special natural spaces from development and mismanagement. In its 30 year history, London Wildlife Trust has helped shape the face of London. Fantastic wildlife sites - which would have fallen under bricks and mortar - have been saved and looked after for the public to enjoy, including iconic sites like Sydenham Hill Wood and Camley Street Natural Park.
London Wildlife Trust is a membership charity dedicated solely to protecting London’s nature and wild spaces. It engages the capital’s diverse communities through access to over 40 Trust-run nature reserves and is committed to campaigning, volunteering and education.
The Trust was started by a few passionate and forward thinking activists in 1981 declaring that people in the capital had the ‘right to share our environment with nature and wildlife.’
Since its first beginnings, London Wildlife Trust has grown significantly as a movement, encouraging Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to love and cherish their natural environment. It has influenced the actions and policies of local government, other organisations, local communities and thousands of individuals.
SITA Trust has been an important funder to the Trust over the years and has supported London Wildlife Trust’s work on a number of biodiversity projects focusing on valuable species and habitats including water vole, bats, and chalk grassland.
Looking to the future there is still much for the Trust to do to help create a city where people treasure wildlife and natural spaces. Their publication A Natural Future for London sets out what they aim to realise by 2015.
More info at www.wildlondon.org.uk
Celebrating 30 years of London Wildlife Trust
From left to right - Martin Baggs, CEO Thames Water, Justin Dillon, Trustee London Wildlife Trust, Carlo Laurenzi Chief Executive London Wildlife Trust, Simon Hughes MP