The Tubney Charitable Trust is to donate £2.8 million over five years to The Wildlife Trusts for its 50 year vision for A Living Landscape.
In 2008, The Wildlife Trusts celebrated 112 Living Landscape schemes with almost one fifth having benefited from funding from The Tubney Charitable Trust. Each scheme aims to help secure a healthy natural environment for generations to come.
René Olivieri, Chair of The Tubney Charitable Trust, said: “We believe The Wildlife Trusts can provide the leadership and practical advice to inform public policy and guide local action. Only through coordinated action at all levels and between all those with a stake in the countryside, our towns and cities too, can we improve habitats and safeguard our precious, unique biodiversity.”
The funding is announced on the same day that Simon King OBE, wildlife programme-maker, cameraman, photographer and presenter, is to be appointed as its President. He follows in the footsteps of previous Presidents such as Professor Aubrey Manning, Professor David Bellamy and Sir David Attenborough. King is also President of Avon Wildlife Trust and Patron of Somerset Wildlife Trust.
The Tubney Charitable Trust is a grant-making charity seeking to support activities that have a long-term, sustainable, positive impact on the biodiversity of the UK and on the welfare of farmed animals in the UK and internationally. In accordance with the wishes of the founders, Miles and Briony Blackwell, the Charity has a limited life and is spending both its income and its capital to achieve its objectives. The Trust therefore does not accept unsolicited applications.