A Northumbrian who is older than the wildlife trusts movement will help the organisation celebrate its 100th birthday this year.
Geoffrey Willey from Northumberland is 101 in August, making him nine months older than the movement. It is almost one hundred years ago to the day when, in 1912 Charles Rothschild founded the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves.
This organisation created by Rothschild – banker, landowner and naturalist – later became The Wildlife Trusts movement. It led to a network of nature reserves across the UK and more than 45 individual wildlife trusts.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust set to screen celebratory film
Simon King, President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, has made a celebratory film which Northumberland Wildlife Trust will be showing on its website www.nwt.org.uk on Wednesday 16 May from 2pm onwards. The film will ensure everybody can experience an element of this important and very special milestone.
Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Over the past 100 years, we have seen phenomenal changes take place in the UK. In recent decades, many of these changes have been for the better, with trends of extinction reversed, habitats protected or restored and the natural world finding a place in our constitution more often than ever before, but we still have much more work to do. Here’s to the next 100 years.”