Our First Year
Setting firm foundations
In the Trust's first year the Trustees have been busy laying the foundations
for the future. Our aim was always to start in a measured way, which ensures
that we can set, meet and then raise our expectations in a controlled manner.
To date we have received overwhelming support and positive feedback about our
work and we would like to continue in this vein as we expand our activities
in the years to come. We concentrated on setting up what we hope will become
- First Green Day: We encouraged schools and businesses to dress in green, walk,
cycle or take the bus to work. Despite the competition of England playing Brazil
in the World Cup (not the best day to ask people to wear green!) this was an
amazingly successful day.
- Second Annual Ball: Last year's theme, Venetian Masquerade, proved as popular
as ever. On the evening we presented Clare Paisley with an award to acknowledge
the incredible work and dedication she showed to the Funky Junk project (see
- Inaugural Environmental Lecture: We were delighted that Tim Smit, Co-founder
and Director of the Eden Project, Cornwall agreed to give the first lecture
on 30th January 2003
Projects supported include:
- Tree-planting at Belcroute headland.
- 'Funky Junk' (supported by Deutsche Bank) addressing environmental issues through
art with Clare Paisley. We were very proud to be part of this £12k project.
Clare reached almost 1,500 primary school children across five of the Channel
Islands, giving talks about global and local environmental issues. She then
honed in on waste and recycling. The children were encouraged to think about
the waste they produced in the home and what they could reduce, re-use and recycle.
They used the rubbish they brought in from home to make rainforest or local
animals, using traditional craft techniques, i.e. no glue or sellotape. You
can see the results of this incredible project on line at www.awonderfulworld.org.uk
- Summer roost boxes for the Natterer's Bat, a rare species of bat in Jersey.
- Information leaflet and film about the Island's amazing south-east coast.
Gerard pioneered the process to designate this area as a wetland of international
importance, under the United Nations' Ramsar Convention.
- We are in the process of considering a number of other applications and are
always looking for more initiatives. As the time of all of the Trustees is given
voluntarily, every penny of the money we raise goes to local environmental projects.