Wildlife Trust highlight reasons behind tough decision to sell land in Lambley

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today highlighted the background to the charity’s decision to sell a parcel of land in Lambley.

Over the past four years Wildlife Trust staff and Trustees have worked tirelessly to reduce costs and increase core income after an unprecedented period of success for the charity, which resulted in major land acquisitions and its largest ever habitat restoration project but left its financial reserves seriously depleted.

Today, the Trust is on a firmer financial footing, however the funding environment is still very challenging and after a rigorous review of its diverse land holding it has taken the difficult decision to sell Reed Pond site as proceeds from the sale are needed to ensure its budget remains in balance. Speaking about the decision Chief Executive Paul Wilkinson said:

“From our formation in the 1960’s saving and managing sites has been a fundamental aspect of our work, it’s in the Trust’s DNA, but almost 60 years on we face real challenges, including rising land management costs and threats to wildlife including HS2, fracking and large-scale development. Every pound we raise could be spent many times over delivering valuable conservation activities and whilst we remain confident and ambitious for the future we have to accept that despite the generous support of our members and donors, difficult choices are unavoidable to ensure we can meet our commitments for this year and plan confidently for the future.”

Reed Pond, Lambley by Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald

Since taking on the 1.8-hectare site in Lambley in good faith the charity has taken on a further 650 hectares of nature reserves, two thirds of which is designated as nationally important Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Trust is also involved in efforts to secure the future of hundreds more hectares of wetland, heathland and other habitats across Nottinghamshire.

Mr Wilkinson continued: “Like many charities Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is facing external challenges including changes to funding streams and increasing costs. We spend around £400,000 each year caring for the 1300 hectares of land in our care and we need to priorities our commitments.”

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust receives no central government grant and no regular Local Authority grants for its core work.

Reed Pond was gifted to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 1993 but no legal restrictions were placed on the future use or ownership of the land. No date has been set for the sale of the land.

Mr Wilkinson added:

“We recognise that this difficult decision has caused some concern locally but we are committed to working with the Parish Council and other interested parties to ensure that the wildlife interest of Reed Pond is retained and that it is protected from development.”