Kingston Green Infrastructure Energy and Water project

The Kingston Green Infrastructure Energy and Water project is about environmental sustainability and community engagement. In partnership with the Royal Borough and with South West London Environment Network (SWLEN), we work with local people to develop and seek funding for practical Green Infrastructure and energy conservation projects. Read more

Leaving a gift in your Will

Environment Trust started over 35 years ago and with your generous help we will continue our work, empowering people to improve and protect the environment for future generations. Read more

Water Voles

Made famous by the character ‘Ratty’ in Wind in the Willows, the once common water vole has suffered the most catastrophic decline of any British mammal in the past century, driven by loss of habitat, pollution of waterways, increased urbanisation and predation by the invasive American mink. However, there is hope in the form of reintroductions and the Hogsmill River has been identified as a suitable potential site. Read more

Nature Conservation Trustee

Do you have a qualification in nature conservation or ecology? Are you interested in leading the development of our conservation strategy? Then read further. Read more

Treasurer

We are looking for an Honorary Treasurer to lead the Board’s duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are controlled, invested and economically spent in line with governance, budget, legal and regulatory requirements. Read more

VOLUNTARY ROLE: NATURE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER SUPERVISOR

We need volunteers who we can train to help supervise larger groups of nature conservation volunteers. You’ll support the Nature Conservation Manager with running practical volunteering sessions. Read more

Plogging - pick up litter while you jog!

The first Monday of every month at 9am, come Plogging! Jogging while you pick up litter, with a qualified Athletics England Run Leader. All levels welcome. Get healthy and support your local environment. Read more

Why volunteer

Volunteers are pivotal to our work, without them we couldn’t preserve our green spaces, protect our built heritage, engage hard to reach communities or fundraise to keep the Trust operating. We want volunteers to feel valued and proud to be part of the Environment Trust team. If you are thinking of becoming a regular volunteer we provide an induction, supervision and training, so don't worry if you think you have no skills to offer, everyone is welcome! Read more

Hanworth Air Park 1916-1955 - Heritage Conservation

Explore the history of Hanworth Air Park 1916-1955 in words and images. A Heritage Conservation project funded by Heathrow Community fund. Read more

Our Team

The Environment Trust has a small dedicated team working to conserve our green spaces and heritage sites in Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston boroughs. Read more

Kilmorey Mausoleum

The 2nd Earl of Kilmorey built this mausoleum in 1854 on a plot he had secured at Brompton Cemetery. The pink and grey Egyptian style mausoleum cost over £30,000 and was moved by the Earl twice. It can now be found in a secluded walled garden in St Margaret's. Read more

Map - Green Spaces, Heritage Sites and Environment Trust Projects

See our new map showing green spaces, nature reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Heritage sites and Environment Trust projects in Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow. Read more

Raeburn Open Space - Nature Conservation

In the heart of suburban London is a forgotten nature reserve called Raeburn Open Space where an exciting nature conservation project is underway. With the engagement of the local community and funding from Thames Water, we are transforming this five hectare site in Surbiton. Read more

Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow - Heritage Conservation

2012 - 2016 Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow explored the rich history of market gardening in Middlesex in the 19th & 20th centuries. The Heritage Lottery Fund resourced the project which included an exhibition, a kitchen garden in Marble Hill Park, oral histories, education sessions with more than a thousand children, drama & heritage walks. Read more

Young Place Shapers - Environment Volunteering

Young Place Shapers was an Environment Trust programme funded by the Royal Borough of Kingston, helping young people to lead and support practical action in their community, including environment volunteering. It was completed in 2016. Read more

Active Environment - Activities for people with disabilities

In 2016, Environment Trust ran the Active Environment Program to engage and inspire people with disabilities about their local environment. The aim was to provide environment-related activities for everyone in the local community. Read more

Grove Gardens Chapel Restoration

The Trust restored this small Gothic Grade II listed chapel, which was built by Sir William Blomfield in 1873. It is located off Lower Grove in Richmond and open to the public for Open House. Read more

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Environment Trust. Become an environment volunteer: conservation volunteering, heritage or event volunteering, help in the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill, or aid with admin in the office. Love social media, taking photographs or writing blogs? Wish to learn new skills and make new friends, whilst preserving your local area and community? Contact us now! Read more

Helping Hedgehogs - Wildlife Conservation

The UK’s hedgehog is under threat. Over the past decade alone we have lost over half our rural hedgehogs and approximately a third of our urban hedgehogs. But those of us living in urban and suburban areas can help to reverse the decline to help save this iconic species. Read more

Hanworth Air Park's Golden Age 1929 - 1939

The London Air Park was opened at Hanworth in 1929 as part of a government backed scheme for a nationwide network of local aerodromes.  It became home to a flying club which embodied the glamorous side of flying, with many celebrity visitors, flying races and displays, as well as demonstrations of new types of aircraft.  Events were frequently covered by the press and by Pathé News.  By 1937 the emphasis shifted to war preparation and pilot training. Read more

Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteering

The Environment Trust offers environmental volunteering places for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh participants. As environmental activities cannot realistically be completed in an hour a week, DofE has agreed that participants can commit to 4 hours one Saturday per month for the length of their DofE volunteering period. Read more

Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park

The Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park, Twickenham is a volunteer-led heritage conservation garden celebrating the market garden history in South West London. It is about growing food, education and community engagement. We look after all the volunteer groups who work in the garden, providing tools, expertise and support to help everyone enjoy the experience of tending the garden and growing their own food. We also run corporate volunteering days and educational events. Read more

Our Trustees

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Education

The World Commission on Environment and Development calls for a change in human attitude that will depend on a vast campaign of education, and that is where we want to help. The Environment Trust aim to educate and empower people to care about their local environment so that they improve, preserve and protect their neighbourhood for today and future generations. Environmental actions locally have a wide spread affect that benefits both nature and people everywhere. Read more