Two new additions have been made to land management charity the Land Trust, helping support its work managing and maintaining its growing portfolio of parks and green spaces on behalf of local communities.
Charles Langtree takes the position of Estate Manager for the Midlands, bringing a wealth of experience having spent nearly 13 years with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as Head of Estate Management and Development, as well as serving as a sessional lecturer at Nottingham Trent University
He has been joined at the Land Trust by Vicky Williams, who takes up the post of Grants and Trusts Fundraising Officer, having previously worked as Northern Marches Cymru Manager, developing and implementing strategies and action plans for rural regeneration in Wrexham. Prior to that role, she worked in the media and community development
These new appointments will support the continued growth of the Land Trust, which last year unveiled newly created community spaces at Wirral’s Port Sunlight River Park, the Countess of Chester Country Park and Canvey Wick Nature Reserve in Essex – all of which are thriving natural havens of greenery and community activity.
This year the Land Trust’s acquisitions will include more than 100 hectares of new open green space on former MOD land in Aldershot. Working in collaboration with the developer Grainger, the Land Trust is helping it to deliver 3,850 new homes on former MOD land at Aldershot by providing a sustainable long-term future for the “Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space” (SANGS) as part of the Thames Basin Heaths.
The Land Trust’s long term vision is to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating, improving and maintaining sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits.
Throughout 2015 and beyond, the Land Trust will continue to seek to acquire more land across England, Scotland and Wales to manage via its sustainably-focused long term model, as it continues its work to ensure more and more people have access to green spaces, providing numerous benefits to communities – including better health, education and general wellbeing.
The Land Trust was established in 2004 by the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships) to own and manage land in perpetuity for public benefit, gaining charitable status in 2010.
Among the more than 50 sites it currently manages are the iconic Northumberlandia, also known as ‘The Lady of the North’, along with Greenwich Ecology Park, Osprey Quay in Dorset and Rabbit Ings Country Park in Yorkshire.