THE Belper-based Derbyshire Wildlife Trust celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
The Trust, which is based in the iconic East Mill, has been defending the county’s wildlife for 50 years. From a dedicated group of volunteers campaigning against local environmental damage, it has grown into a county-wide organisation with more than 14,000 members.
Volunteer Claire Hanley-Öpik said: “From humble beginnings with a single purpose, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has grown in stature and ability with every decade, thanks to the commitment of its staff, membership and army of volunteers. “For the last 50 years it has been the vanguard of conservation in our beautiful county.
“The next 50 years will bring new challenges, as environmental pressures increase on wildlife and habitats, but the Trust will continue to embrace them and live up to our motto: Protecting wildlife, Restoring landscapes, Inspiring people.”
The Trust has a number of exciting activities and events lined up to mark its 50th year.
One of the main ones is the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Staff Bike Challenge.
Between August 30 and September 2, about 20 members of staff will be visiting all of the Trust’s reserves in one giant, 283-mile, relay race over four days. It will start and finish in the River Gardens in Belper.
To find out how you can sponsor the team, visit the 50th anniversary page on the Trust’s website at www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk or ring 01773 881188. Other events include a BioBlitz and 24 hours at The Avenue — both in June. For details on these, and other events, visit the Trust’s website.