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Patsy Wood Trust

Patsy Wood Trust

Earth Trust would like to thank the Patsy Wood Trust for its support. 

In November 2017, Earth Trust became one of five organisations to receive a grant from the Patsy Wood Trust, a charitable trust set up in memory of an inspirational environmentalist. Wildlife, landscapes and local communities across Britain are to benefit from funding worth almost £2 million.

Patsy Wood – who was born, raised and studied in Oxford – tragically died ten years ago while still in her forties. She left behind an enhanced landscape in her native town and in parts of Wales as a result of her tireless tree and hedgerow planting. The Patsy Wood Trust, set up in her name, is now winding down, and has disbursed £1.9million to five charities to carry on a range of nature conservation and community projects.

Earth Trust is receiving £435,000 towards a new Skills and Learning building - an inclusive centre for learning where young people can develop life skills, improve their classroom learning and enhance their attainment. It will be a creative, inspirational, space that will encourage an understanding and a love for trees, food and water and develop ambition to look after their local greenspaces and their environment.

“We’re thrilled to receive this financial boost from the Patsy Wood Trust. Earth Trust has an established and respected education programme and this new Skills and Learning Centre will help expand what we can offer to local young people. We already have lots of ideas about how the building will be interactive and accessible, such as a green roof you can walk up on to, which will also help it to blend in with the natural surroundings,” said Jayne Manley, Earth Trust CEO.  

This building is the first stage in the Trust’s plans to improve visitor facilities at the Earth Trust Centre, for which planning permission was granted at the start of the year.

Jayne added: “We’re extremely grateful to the Patsy Wood Trust for recognising what these funds will help us achieve. If you would like to join them in supporting the Earth Trust and everything we do, please consider becoming an Earth Trust Friend - more information is available.”

The following charities and projects will also be supported by the grant:

  • £563,000 to Future Trees Trust to help bolster their tree-breeding research capacity over the next four years.
  • £268,000 to the John Muir Trust to support a richer, more diverse, riparian landscape around Helvellyn in the Lake District.
  • £300,000 to Butterfly Conservation to support the charity’s four-year project to encourage major new infrastructure projects to make room for butterflies and moths.
  • £365,171 to the South East Rivers Trust for the Water For All project, to work with businesses and communities in the South East.