Our business may be artificial but our natural world is extremely important to us, so a few months ago we began to look for a local project to support, one that we felt would restore some balance. This week we’re proud to say that Blades are now fully fledged members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Back in January we were privileged enough to spend a wonderful Winter’s morning with Mark Anscombe being shown around Woods Mill Reserve, headquarters of the Trust and one of its 32 reserves.
The Sussex Wildlife Trust was formed in 1961 and they exist to safeguard the habitats of Sussex looking after the plants and animals that live there. The Trust now has more than 430 active volunteers, 32,000 members and it manages 3,500 acres of land in 32 nature reserves. Through an extensive programme of courses and events they enable people to understand and respect the diversity of habitats and wildlife in Sussex.
They play an important part in educating children about the environment at their education centres at Woods Mill Reserve, near Henfield and at Seven Sisters Country Park, near Seaford. Woods Mill also houses the Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre, which now holds over 2.7 million species records across Sussex.
We spent a peaceful few hours strolling around the reserve learning all about their great work and we would highly recommend a visit to anyone. We’re certainly planning another trip very soon to catch Spring bursting in to life. Huge thanks to Mark and the team for taking time out to walk us around – we’re already looking forward to building on our membership to extend our support in the near future.