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13.03.20

 Merger: Your questions answered

 Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) have announced that they are going to merge to create a single, combined charity with the capacity and skills to achieve greater impact for natural and built heritage in south west London.

 Scroll down this page of frequently asked questions to find out more. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for here, please drop us a line at  [email protected]

When will the merger happen?

Why are you merging?

What is the name of the new organisation?

What is the vision of the newly merged charity? How and where will it work?

How will the newly merged charity be run?

Will there be any job losses as a result of the merger?

How will the merger affect my membership?

How will Environment Trust projects be affected by the merger?

When is the Environment Trust Plant Sale for Wildlife?

Will there be a Secret Art Sale this year?

  

When will the merger happen?

Trustees of both charities have signed Heads of Agreement to merge and an integration process is underway. The combined charity will be re-launched in June under a new name that will be chosen to reflect its mission for local people, projects and communities in SW London.

 

Why are you merging?

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.

 The merger brings together SWLEN’s strong network of local environmental groups and Environment Trusts’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.

 What is the name of the new organisation?

We have started a consultation process ahead of the launch in June to choose a new name that reflects its mission for local people, projects and communities in SW London. What this space!

 What is the vision of the newly merged charity? How and where will it work?

We envisage a new charity reshaping the environmental and heritage voluntary sector in south west London. It 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, 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.

 

How will the newly merged charity be run?

Colin Cooper, CEO, SWLEN will head up the new merged charity. There will be a single Board of Trustees chaired by an externally recruited person - Role of Chair advertisement here.  The new Board will include Trustees from the Environment Trust and SWLEN Boards.

 

Will there be any job losses as a result of the merger?

No. All staff will be retained on current conditions of service. There will be no redundancies as a result of the merger.

 

How will the merger affect my membership?

We are very grateful for all the support we have received from our Members as we have grown and changed over the years and we very much hope that you will continue to support us as we continue to evolve.

 We are not accepting any new members into the current Membership scheme, which will effectively close when we merge. We will write to all our members to let you know how to can sign up as a supporter of the newly merged organisation. All member benefits, including free entry to our Plant Sale in April and early entry to the Secret Art Sale in September will continue to be honoured for a full 12 months from joining.

 

 How will Environment Trust projects be affected by the merger?

There will be no change to our current 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:

 

Green Hubs- Connecting The Green Spaces of South West London

We are working with residents, councils, businesses and community groups to create thriving habitats in small currently underutilised spaces. From roadside verges, to areas outside of houses, community centres, offices and schools; all of these spaces can have a positive impact on biodiversity, expanding the green corridor of South West London. The Hubs created will act as ‘stepping-stones’ between large green spaces combating the effects of fragmentation (the breakdown of continuous habitats) due to urban development.

 

Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries

To celebrate the bicentenary of Sir Richard Burton, the famous Victorian explorer buried in Mortlake, we are hosting a whole year of events designed to get us all out and to explore the hidden historic sites and green spaces in South West London.

 

How will forthcoming events be affected by the merger?

No changes are planned to 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.

 

Will there be a Secret Art Sale this year?

Yes. Our popular Secret Art Sale now in its fifth year, will take place at The Exchange, 75 London Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1BE on 26th September 2020.  This year, the theme is ‘Exploration’. For more information about how to donate artwork click here or contact [email protected].

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