Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, founded in 1969, is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.
The Trust is the county’s largest nature conservation charity, and 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.
Based at The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley, the trust has around 50 members of staff who are guided by a board of Trustees. 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. Much of its work is carried out by dedicated volunteers.
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.”
From managing just one nature reserve – Loynton Moss – the trust has grown now to 27 – including key sites across Staffordshire including The Roaches, Hem Heath Woods, Highgate Common and Doxey Marshes. The Trust will also be releasing a 50th anniversary documentary on the history of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and inviting people to a 50th birthday party event being held in the summer.
People can keep up to date on how the Trust is celebrating by visiting its Facebook (www.facebook.com/StaffsWildlife) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/StaffsWildlife) pages and website www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk.