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Sir David Attenborough and World Land Trust staff

World Land Trust Patron Sir David Attenborough met with our staff, trustees, council members and supporters at an evening reception marking the start of our 30th year celebrations.

The Annual General Meeting was held at Kew Gardens on 14 June 2018, when the charity’s directors presented the events of the last 12 month’s and discussed the goals and plans for the upcoming year.

As World Land Trust was founded in 1989, we are celebrating our 30th year, and to mark the occasion, Sir David gave a toast to World Land Trust at the reception following the meeting. When asked about the Trust’s track record he replied, “What I think, after 30 years, is that if you look at almost any organisation, charitable or otherwise, after thirty years, they get middle-aged spread, and that means they get larger, but less efficient, but that is not the case with this remarkable organisation.”

Wide show of support

Young schoolchildren meet their inspiring hero Sir David Attenborough

Young schoolchildren meet their inspiring hero Sir David Attenborough © World Land Trust

The reception was attended by supporters who have shown remarkable dedication to conservation through fundraising efforts for the charity. This included Miranda and William Herrington-Young (aged 8), who have taken part in a sponsored ‘scootathlon’ for four years for World Land Trust, and James Lamb of the Carbon Zerow rowing team, who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean last year.

Representatives from some of the businesses which support World Land Trust were also in attendance, such as Puro Fairtrade Coffee, The Body Shop, Bio-Rad, Euromonitor International, Kit & Kin, Kew Brewery, Swarovski Optik, Páramo Directional Clothing and Maidenhead Aquatics.

Rohini Finch, Chair of Trustees, said “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be involved with the work of World Land Trust over the last twelve years, it has been an honour to meet such incredible people as yourselves in this room.

“I want to take a minute to thank all of the staff, for all of their tireless and dedicated work for this organisation, I’d like to thank the trustees, council members and ambassadors, who all give their time, creativity and flair for no charge whatsoever, I want to thank our corporate supporters, who provide us with such generosity, and of course, our Patron Sir David Attenborough, who has been with us for the past thirty years of our journey and has been our inspiration every single day.”

More information

To find out more about World Land Trust’s achievements over the past three decades, you can view our timeline here. You can get involved by:

Donating to one of our programmes »

Pledging monthly support and becoming a World Land Trust Friend »

Signing up for a challenge to fundraise for wildlife »

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