In 2011 Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) celebrates half a century of conservation in Sussex. Formed in 1961, SWT is now the largest conservation organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and wild places in Sussex.
With more than 32,000 members SWT now manages 3500 acres of nature reserves. From ancient woodland, to Castle Water at Rye Harbour and urban sites, the Trust looks after some of the finest examples of downland, woodland, wetland and heath in Sussex including a number within the High Weald AONB such as Old Lodge and Brickfield Meadow.
Dr Tony Whitbread, Chief Executive of SWT says "In fifty years we've expanded from a small group of enthusiasts to a large conservation charity with the simple aim of 'Taking Care of Sussex'. Even though the South East is under intense development pressure, the Trust continues to work with others to safeguard and restore a healthy, re-connected environment that allows people and wildlife to flourish in a changing world"
Gifted to SWT in 1966, Woods Mill near Henfield is the Trust's headquarters and known to generations of schoolchildren and teachers as an inspiring place to experience the wonders of nature. Teaching children from nursery school age through to University students, the Trust runs a successful environmental education programme at Woods Mill, Seven Sisters Country Park and the Ashdown Forest
SWT also has an invaluable base of volunteers involved in all aspects of the Trust's conservation work and an active programme of wildlife courses and events to encourage people of all ages to spend time outdoors and find out more about the wildlife on their doorstep. Again some of these events are held within the High Weald AONB and can be found on our events listing.
The Trust relies solely on subscriptions, donations, legacies, sponsorship and grants to fund vital work. By becoming a member you can help safeguard the wonderful wildlife and habitats that Sussex has to offer.