Earth Trust

Championing accessible green spaces for all

Access to high quality green space is vital for our mental and physical well-being, yet many people are disconnected from nature and do not understand the benefits available. Earth Trust needs your support to ensure natural capital rich green spaces remain open to the public for health and education

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095057)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£4,128

Donations

45

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

  • Our walks, as a family, at the Earth Trust have just about kept us sane over the last few months. We're very grateful for all the work that you do to keep these precious spaces maintained and protected.

    — Earth Trust green space user

  • There is a saying about children being ‘school ready’ in terms of their emotional and social skills. What I love about working with Earth Trust's students outside, is that the forest or the field is always ready for them – just as they are.

    — Earth Trust education volunteer, Nikki

  • “I really enjoy volunteering for Earth Trust. Put simply it is very satisfying and rewarding being involved in maintaining local green spaces. There are opportunities to not only learn new skills, but to actually use them for real too.”

    — Earth Trust conservation volunteer, Mike

Situation

Now more than ever during the pandemic, we are recognising the value of green spaces, demonstrated by the increased visitor numbers we have received at our sites since March. However, the public lacks understanding about green spaces, the environment and the impact of our everyday choices on ecosystems which contribute to climate change. Without access to green space, education and active engagement with the environment, behaviour will not change, thus exacerbating climate change.

Solution

Earth Trust provides free access to nine high quality green spaces, which span woodlands, farmland, riverbanks, a lake and scheduled ancient monument. Earth Trust uses these green spaces as 'outdoor classrooms' for a range of environmental educational opportunities encompassing: courses for children and young people including those with special educational needs; volunteering opportunities for adults; and events for families, connecting everyone with nature for their well-being and education.