50 not out as Wildlife Trust cel­e­brates

Leek Post & Times - - FARMING & COUNTRYSIDE -

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.

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