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There are many not-for-profit organisations without which our work protecting London's wildlife would not be possible.
We could not deliver our important work across the capital without the generous support of a wide range of trusts and foundations, lottery distributors, landfill funders and other grant making bodies.
From community outreach to landscape conservation to campaigning activity, our grant funders support a broad range of exciting and inspiring initiatives across the Trust, for the benefit of London’s people and wildlife.
If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation could support the work of London Wildlife Trust, please contact Rosie Oldham – 020 7261 0447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are immensely grateful to our supporters, whether large or small.
Current supporters of our work
Heritage Lottery Fund – Woodberry Wetlands
London Wildlife Trust is transforming the East Reservoir in Stoke Newington, Hackney, into a new urban wetlands nature reserve. Woodberry Wetlands, a hidden wildlife haven on a reservoir owned by Thames Water, will give people the opportunity to enjoy nature in the heart of north east London. Closed to the public since its creation nearly 200 years ago, this project will open the entire reservoir up to visitors for the first time.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this major project over the next five years, enabling us to launch a fantastic new volunteering and events programme, restore the Grade 2 listed Gas House into an open-plan visitor hub and education space, create an outdoor learning hub that will include a bird feeding station and viewing screen, and create a new boardwalk and circular path network to allow visitors to get up close to the reservoir’s wildlife.
The reservoir is an important habitat for many birds including reed bunting, song thrush, kingfisher and the occasional bittern; and also provides valuable foraging and roosting habitat for bats. The site provides important winter shelter for wildfowl and is a key ‘stepping stone’ for large numbers of migratory birds.
Veolia Environmental Trust – Ten Acre Wood
Ten Acre Wood nature reserve is a hundred year-old oak plantation in Hillingdon; hawthorn and blackthorn give fine displays of blossom early in the year, as well as providing an abundance of berries which keep the birds well-fed in autumn and winter.
However, the ditches throughout the reserve have become heavily overgrown and silted up so that extensive de-silting and scrub removal is needed to bring them up to a favourable condition.
Support from the Veolia Environment Trust is enabling us to undertake this urgently needed restoration work. Veolia Environmental Trust’s funding allows us to employ contractors to carry out ground works, and we are engaging local volunteers to help with restoration works including access improvements across the site to allow people to access and experience the natural reserve.
The work supported by this grant will result in a measurable increase in biodiversity that will benefit many species, including bats, and potentially water vole. The project will also significantly enhance aesthetics of the site, creating a more accessible nature reserve for both wildlife and people.
Heritage Lottery Fund – Wild Talent
London Wildlife Trust and its partners are addressing skill shortages in new entrants to the urban nature conservation sector whilst increasing the diversity of the workforce through the provision of 24 high quality vocational traineeships. Working with partners including Peabody and Catch 22, opportunities are targeted at those that face barriers to the usual entry routes. The Wild Talent programme provides trainees with the job specific skills needed for a career in the sector.
Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund is enabling a total of 24 trainees over four years to undertake a 12-month programme of training. All participants will achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation and will undertake an external placement linked to their career aspirations.
Biffa Award – Chalking up Hutchinson’s Bank
Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve in Croydon is dominated by a mosaic of rare chalk grassland with scattered pockets of chalk scrub. The reserve is currently managed by conservation grazing using sheep and ponies, but scrubby vegetation has become too dominant, and needs to be cut and cleared in order to maximise the area of chalk grassland the site has to offer.
Support from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund, is enabling us to restore 6.22ha of chalk grassland by working with the local community to enhance this important habitat. London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers will carry out regular practical habitat management to supplement the initial scrub clearance works and conservation grazing on site. Biffa Award’s funding will also enable our volunteers to carry out supplementary planting and reseeding in the newly cleared areas, to improve the diverse range of flowers in the chalk grassland habitat.
John Lyon’s Charity – Wild About Learning
Our Wild About Learning outdoor education programme in north London has been made possible by a generous grant from John Lyon’s Charity, an organisation that supports young people in north-west London. This is enabling London Wildlife Trust to significantly expand our education programme, using both school visits and informal educational sessions to reach children who do not normally have access to nature and wild spaces. As a result of this grant we are able to offer more sessions on more reserves across north London.
Our school learning sessions are led by trained educators using the national curriculum, improving children’s knowledge of science and the environment and developing their confidence and leadership skills. Support from John Lyon’s Charity has also allowed us to offer informal sessions for children and their families, carers or youth groups. Feedback from both our schools and informal sessions has so far been overwhelmingly positive. In an era of a growing disconnection between children and nature in London, outdoor learning projects such as Wild About Learning are becoming increasingly vital. With support from John Lyon’s Charity, Wild About Learning will reach 3,900 children a year by 2017 to get them excited about nature and wild spaces.
City Bridge Trust – London’s Living Landscapes
A Living Landscape for London is a programme of work through which London Wildlife Trust aims to develop, coordinate and deliver landscape scale conservation initiatives across London for the benefit of its people and wildlife.
The support of the City Bridge Trust has enabled us to:
• Sustain and further extend our leading role in developing and delivering landscape scale conservation in our two most progressed Living Landscape programme areas: Crane Valley and Chalking Up London’s Downs
• Take the lead in developing and delivering landscape scale conservation initiatives in two emerging Living Landscape programme areas: Great North Wood and Totteridge Meadows
• Actively support the development and delivery of landscape scale conservation activity in four other Living Landscape programme areas; Colne Valley, The Wandle Valley, Lea Valley and Erith, Crayford & Dartford Marshes
• Communicate our Living Landscape vision to policy makers, partner organisations, local stakeholders and the wider public
Veolia Environmental Trust – A Workshop for Wildlife
Approximately 22,000 people a year visit our Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham, Southwark. One of the buildings on the site is in urgent need of repair in order to make it fully accessible to all participants and user groups. Support from the Veolia Environmental Trust will enable the roof and windows to be replaced, new electrics, heating, a ramp for disabled access, and new workstations to be fitted, as well as enabling green improvements such as double glazing.
This funding will enable us to upgrade the building so that it can be used as a multi-purpose ‘workshop for wildlife’ for groups, community members and all who access the site. Specific groups who will benefit from the workshop space will include local adults with learning difficulties, children and young people from local schools, elderly residents and community volunteers who visit the Centre for Wildlife Gardening weekly. Other elderly and disabled visitors to the site will be able to access the workshop easily once it has been made fully DDA compliant.
Big Lottery Fund – Potted History
Potted History is a gardening and reminiscence project that makes use of horticultural therapy to improve the self-confidence and wellbeing of socially isolated older people in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Funding from the Big Lottery Fund has enabled us to deliver this project, which has recently entered its third year.
Reminiscence therapy involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences as a group, by taking part in activities and using objects from the past such as photographs, household items, scents, music and film to trigger the memory. Outcomes for over 300 participants include:
• Reduced isolation and improved self-confidence of older people, particularly those who are socially excluded or economically disadvantaged, through social contact in a relaxed environmentIncrease in older people’s cognition and mood, and reduction and improvement of the symptoms of depression and dementia
• Improved urban green spaces around day centres and care homes for older people to access and enjoy
The Magic Meadows project has been funded by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund; a Government scheme designed to support community, heritage and biodiversity projects across the UK. London meadows are of great historic and natural importance, and must be maintained to prevent them from being overwhelmed by scrub and invasive species.
Viridor Credits’ support has allowed us to restore 48ha of chalk, neutral and wet grassland several sites including Frays Farm Meadows SSSI, Ickenham Marsh, Ten Acre Wood, Huckerby's Meadows, Totteridge Fields and Gutteridge Wood. Restoration of these beautiful grassland habitats has taken place using meadow cuts to allow wildflowers to flourish, and control and management of invasive species. The sites support a wide range of animal and plant species, from water voles and bluebells to small heath and gatekeeper butterflies.
Thanks to the generosity of Viridor Credits and the Landfill Communities Fund, these species will continue to thrive on our reserves.