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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust turns 55 today!

Sunday 19th February 2017

Nature reserve sign, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, flowersNature reserve sign, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has reached another landmark as it celebrates its 55th birthday today.

The Trust began in 1962 as Derbyshire Naturalists' Trust and was run by volunteers, with the first membership rate set at 10 shillings! We've grown from strength to strength since then, and in 1986 the Trust was renamed as Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Nick Brown, who has been with the Trust since 1979, said: “The development of the Trust has been a gradual process, beginning with the small visionary group of volunteer conservationists who set it up. Now it has grown into an organisation with over 14,000 members, 500 volunteers and over 40 members of staff. When I joined as Development Officer, there were just three staff based in a tiny cottage at Twyford by the River Trent. The Chairman at the time, Dick Appleby, devoted most of his retirement to manage the Trust’s administration and day to day finances. In addition he organised the Trust’s busy sales stall in Dovedale which brought in a significant proportion of the income".

The Trust wouldn't be where it is today without the support of staff, volunteers, members and supporters. Nick added: "the need for a strong and vibrant Wildlife Trust has never been more necessary than it is now. It has been a privilege to watch the Trust grow in size, stature and in its ambition to tackle these problems in the years ahead.”