About London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces, engaging London’s diverse communities through access to our nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and outdoor learning.

Our mission

  • To campaign to protect London’s wildlife and natural spaces;
  • To engage inspire and enable Londoners to learn about and enhance their local environment;
  • To manage land for wildlife with local conservation partners to high standards;
  • To raise public awareness and influence policy-makers so that wise decisions are made concerning London’s wildlife and natural spaces and people’s access to it.

Our values

  • Integrity: Our actions and decisions should be open, transparent and just
  • Inclusivity: We believe that Londoners have a right to access free, quality natural spaces in their local area
  • Resilience: We will fight to maintain London as a critical home for wildlife
  • Regard: London’s wild plants and animals, and their habitats, are an essential part of the city and have a right to flourish

Our history

The story of London Wildlife Trust is one of volunteers, staff, and local people working tirelessly to protect the capital’s special natural spaces from development and mismanagement.

Since its formation in 1981 London Wildlife Trust has helped shape the face of London.

Fantastic wildlife sites – which would have fallen under bricks and mortar – have been saved and looked after for the public to enjoy, including iconic sites like Sydenham Hill Wood and Camley Street Natural Park.

London Wildlife Trust is a membership charity dedicated solely to protecting London’s nature and wild spaces.

It engages the capital’s diverse communities through access to over 40 Trust-run nature reserves and is committed to campaigning, volunteering and education.

The Trust was started by a few passionate and forward-thinking activists in 1981 declaring that people in the capital had the ‘right to share our environment with nature and wildlife.’

Since its first beginnings, London Wildlife Trust has grown significantly as a movement, encouraging Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to love and cherish their natural environment.

It has influenced the actions and policies of local government, other organisations, local communities and thousands of individuals.

Looking to the future there is still much for the Trust to do to help create a city where people treasure wildlife and natural spaces. Our Strategic Plan – A Natural Future for London – sets out what we aim to realise by 2020.

Part of The Wildlife Trusts

London Wildlife Trust is part of The Wildlife Trusts, the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney.

To find out more, visit the Wildlife Trusts website.

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We are only able to achieve any of this with the generous help of our supporters.
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