London Wildlife Trust has been instrumental in getting the capital’s diverse communities to connect with nature as well as their neighbours.
Dedicated to protecting the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces, the wildlife charity runs over 40 nature reserves in the city including Camley Street Natural Park, Sydenham Hill Wood, Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands.
London Wildlife Trust resonates for Londoners on so many levels. In addition to the charity’s desire to protect the environment and the natural space, its roots are in community.
London Wildlife 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”.
Wonderful wildlife sites – which would have fallen under bricks and mortar – have been saved and looked after for the public to enjoy thanks to London Wildlife Trust’s team of volunteers, staff and local people.
Nurturing nature and community is at the heart of what the London Wildlife Trust does. The charity has been involved in projects including Wild London Inclusive London, which sought to engage diverse communities to enjoy their local wild space.
Wild London Inclusive London worked with a range of community groups that have not traditionally been involved with nature conservation, focusing on communities in more deprived areas within the capital, often with poor access to quality natural spaces.
Community groups involved in Wild London Inclusive London included blind and visually impaired people, visitors to a day centre for mental health service users, members of elderly Asian community groups, and residents of social housing. In each community, Champion volunteers were supported to help inspire their neighbours to get into and care for their local green spaces. Watch the short documentary below on Wild London Inclusive London.
London Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves are great places for people of all ages to connect with nature. The sites also host events, including activities for children over weekends and school holidays including half-term.
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