crops?” says Hilborne. “We all need to recognise that farming is not only about food production, but wider benefits like ﬂood alleviation and clean water too.” The Trusts are also working with developers to create more holistic ways of building. “Where it’s in the wrong place or too damaging to wildlife, The Wildlife Trusts oppose development, but housing estates don’t have to be wildlife-free zones,” says Hilborne. “We work with developers on more holistic ways of building, such as using natural surroundings like existing old trees and hedges, and developing green corridors to create gains for nature and better health for residents.”
cities. The Trusts oversee Our Bright Future, a programme funded by The Big Lottery which gives skills and opportunities to teenagers and young adults to boost their confidence and create the next generation of leaders. The Trusts’ junior branch has more than 150,000 members and runs more than 200 Wildlife Watch clubs, leading activities like bushcraft skills, nature walks and rock pooling.
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS As well as delivering fun, engaging programmes across the country, the Trusts seek to develop partnerships with local stakeholders, such as farmers and producers. One success story is the forging of a partnership with the farmers who grow cereals for Jordans, who have pledged to manage 10 per cent of their land for wildlife. “Many recognise that wildlife friendly farming is good for us all and can make economic sense too. Where would we be without bees to pollinate our
We need an ambitious, visionary and long-term recovery plan for nature
SAVING OUR SEAS Hilborne is eager to secure a bold Environment Act that restores wildlife and wild places and recognises the value of nature. “We know people care deeply about the natural environment and cherish our wild places on land and at sea, so we need the
PHOTO: BERTIE GREGORY
Rock pooling is an activity offered to children in the Trusts’ Wildlife Watch clubs
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