National land management charity the Land Trust celebrated its 15th birthday with an event at the House of Commons in the famous Churchill Rooms this week.
The Trust welcomed 100 guests to join the celebrations and outlined the charity’s vision and plans for the future.
Land Trust Chief Executive Euan Hall, said:
“It was fantastic to celebrate this landmark in our history with a wonderful event at the House of Commons.
“Not only was it brilliant to look back at all the amazing things the Trust has accomplished over the last 15 years, but it was also a fantastic opportunity to set out our vision for the future.
“With over 75 sites now under management in England and Scotland we are having a huge impact on so many peoples’ lives already but we firmly believe this is only the start of what we can go on to achieve.”
Established in 2004 as a pilot project for English Partnerships, the Land Restoration Trust grew quickly, with eight sites and 400 hectares of land transferred with an endowment to the Trust over the first three years alone.
Following the successful pilot period, in 2010 HM Treasury approved the establishment of the Land Trust as an independent charity with five key charitable objectives of:
- Community and social cohesion
- Education and learning
- Environment and biodiversity
It is these charitable objectives that drive the work of the charity, who work in partnership with different organisations across the country to achieve their goals and deliver maximum impact to the communities and residents who live near the Trust’s green spaces.
Dan Cook, Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute said:
“One of the really important things that the Land Trust is doing is finding innovative ways to make landscape management sustainable and viable in the long term.
“All of us know the value of green infrastructure and the benefits that brings. Whether that be through wellbeing, resilience, minimising flood risk or just creating beautiful sites is essential for good quality of life for people and communities wherever they are across the country.
“The work the Land Trust does in remediating sites and making them useful and usable again for communities can’t be underestimated.”
The event was kindly hosted by Lord Ridley. The Land Trust’s relationship with Lord Ridley dates back to the charity taking over the management of iconic site Northumberlandia in 2012.
Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art, set in a 19-hectare community park, with four miles of footpaths to be enjoyed, along with a café and visitor centre.
Discussing the impact of the Land Trust’s management of Northumberlandia, Lord Ridley said:
“It’s been a very positive relationship and it’s a very successful site. Designed by Charles Jencks and now operating as green open space on the edge of an urban area, it is much loved by the local people, with over 100,000 people a year visiting.
“It’s been a visitor attraction bringing people to Northumberland which is a good thing but it’s also been a very good local facility for people who live in Northumberland.”