The Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation was founded in 1961 by a group of volunteers, led by Sir Peter Scott, who recognised that local wildlife was under threat.
Now known as Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the Trust is a registered charity (Charity number: 232580) and a private limited company by guarantee (Company number: 00708575).
How is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust governed?
The Trust's governing documents are the Memorandum and Articles of Association. Originally produced when the Trust was founded, they have been updated via Special Resolution over the years to reflect the passage of time. The latest versions can be downloaded below (Memorandum last updated in 2004 and Articles of Association in 2014).
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are trustees of the charity and directors of the company. We have up to 16 trustees at any one time (all unpaid volunteers) who bring a wealth of skills and experience to the organisation. Any vacancies on the Board are advertised on the Volunteer Opportunities page.
We have a number of sub-groups of the Board that report to the Board on various aspects of the organisation. These include Finance Panel, Governance Panel, Major Projects Group, Performance Group and Habitats & Species Committee.
The Board has legal responsibility for the Trust. It determines the overall direction of the Trust including its vision, mission and strategy.
We have a vision where each year there is more wildlife, more wild places and more people with a connection to the natural world.
Our vision is ambitious, but we believe we can deliver it with your help. This is what it looks like.
By 2022 we will:
- Create bigger, better, and more connected places where people and wildlife can thrive.
- Inspire more people and communities to take action for nature
- Lead on ‘natural solutions’, championing the value of what nature can do for us.
- Grow our resources, influence and reach, shaping a stronger and more resilient organisation.
Our mission is to connect and improve Gloucestershire's wildlife and wild places.