50 not out as Wildlife Trust celebrates
STAFFORDSHIRE Wildlife Trust is set to celebrate a special anniversary by gearing up for its 50th anniversary in 2019.
The Trust was founded in 1969 and is the county’s largest nature conservation charity.
Since the day the charity was formed, its mission has been to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.
The Trust is based at The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley, and has around 50 members of staff who are guided by a board of Trustees. Much of its work is carried out by dedicated volunteers. The Trust is able to deliver on its mission thanks to the generosity of supporters, 15,000 members, its shops, grant giving trusts, local authorities, companies and charitable trusts.
It has grown from managing just one nature reserve – Loynton Moss – to 27 – including key sites across Staffordshire including The Roaches, Hem Heath Woods, Highgate Common and Doxey Marshes.
Alison Holmes from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, who has been leading the 50th anniversary plans for the charity, said: “We’re very proud to have been looking after wildlife and wild places across Staffordshire for half a century – it is a true landmark for us.
“Throughout 2019, we’ll be celebrating reaching the milestone by holding special events and occasions. They include a ’50 Shades of Green Colour Run, the return of our ‘Ride the Roaches’ cycling event, opening new charity shops, a speaker night at the Lichfield Garrick and of course, the opening of our new café, visitor centre and learning hub at our Wolseley Centre HQ at Easter.
“It’s a very special time for us and we’re excited for the year ahead.”
The Trust will also be releasing a 50th anniversary documentary.