Earlier this year Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) agreed to merge in order to create a single, combined charity with the capacity and skills to achieve greater impact for natural and built heritage in southwest London.
We are delighted to announce that our new charity Habitats & Heritage will be launched at the end of October 2020.
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The new charity will be known as Habitats & Heritage.
It is a name chosen in consultation with our volunteers and partners to reflect our vision of a restored and extensive natural and historical heritage for local people and communities in South West London.
The new charity will be launched in October 2020. Look out for more details of our forth coming launch coming soon!
The wonderful natural assets and rich heritage of South West London are under threat. Our rivers, green spaces, parks and the historic fabric of our built environment are suffering from the impact of climate change, habitat destruction, commercial development and declining public sector budgets. We believe that by joining forces we can achieve more than the sum of our parts, increasing our impact in protecting our natural and built environment.
Habitats & Heritage brings together SWLEN’s strong network of local environmental groups and Environment Trust’s operational capacity in natural and built heritage. The combined organisation will build on the work of both charities to collaborate effectively with local people and groups across organisational and local authority boundaries for the good of all communities.
We will work to reshape the environmental and heritage voluntary sector in South West London. We will foster a strong sense of place, embracing built and natural heritage for the long-term sustainability of our shared assets, and work to put these at the heart of our community by engaging and empowering local people for the well-being of all.
We will work in all the London boroughs in which Environment Trusts and SWLEN currently operate, namely; Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow, and Ealing. We hope to expand to neighbouring areas in the future as opportunity arises. We will collaborate across organisational and local authority boundaries and systems. We will measurably increase our impact for people and their heritage by increasing our effectiveness, organisational sustainability and the use of our resources to deliver on this vision and mission.
Colin Cooper, currently CEO, SWLEN will head up Habitats & Heritage. The Board of Trustees includes Trustees from the existing Environment Trust and SWLEN Boards.
No. All staff will be retained on current conditions of service. There will be no redundancies as a result of the merger.
There will be no change to our current work and project programme as a result of the merger. In time, we hope to expand the reach and the impact of our work. Our current projects include:
Supporting local initiatives, such as Friends of Parks Groups, that protect and enhance local green spaces. Whether you are looking to set up a new project, expand an existing one are looking to help with funding or other resources we can use our expertise to help
Working to protect local species and habitats and promote the conservation and improvement of the natural environment. We coordinate the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership, which oversees and delivers the Richmond Biodiversity Action Plan
Energy and Sustainability
Running initiatives with schools, charities, community organisations and households to help them to save energy and money through projects that encourage and educate local people and organisations to think and act sustainably.
No changes are planned for our events as a result of the merger. However, the coronavirus situation is affecting us, quite aside from anything to do with the merger. Please see our events page for more information.