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Attenborough helps Trust celebrate birthday

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust celebrates its 70th birthday this year and has had a little help from a special guest to get the party started!

Sir David Attenborough, naturalist, broadcaster and passionate conservationist joined Trust staff and volunteers to look ahead to the future and to reminisce about the many challenges faced and battles won over the decades.

Sir David also addressed over 1,200 members and other supporters of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at a birthday celebration event at the University of York. Attenborough explained the importance of involving young people in nature conservation to help them lead healthier and more fulfilled lives and by doing so give a brighter future for the wildlife with which we share our planet.

Jono Leadley, the Trust’s director of development who helped organise the event reflects on meeting Attenborough “It was a true honour to meet Sir David, a man who has inspired millions of people across the world about wildlife. He was enthusiastic and complimentary about our nature reserves and the work we do here in Yorkshire.”

On a tour of Askham Bog, near York, the Trust’s oldest nature reserve, Sir David stated that it was a remarkable place and must be looked after for future generations to enjoy in the same way forward-thinking York citizens had done in decades past.

“Sir David was genuinely impressed by the wonderful Askham Bog nature reserve. He has been all over the world and seen an incredible amount of amazing wildlife and yet he seemed just as excited by this little treasure on the doorstep of York.”

Attenborough described Askham Bog as being as important in nature conservation terms as York Minster and that local people should be very proud of it. The Trust formed in 1946 when the famous York chocolatiers, Terry and Rowntree purchased Askham Bog to save it from development. The then Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust was set up to receive the land as a gift and turn it into the Trust’s first nature reserve. 70 years on, the Trust has grown to a major regional charity with 104 nature reserves across the county, supported by 800 volunteers and 40,000 members.

The evening event was filmed by the University of York staff and students and this can be watched here.

A range of other events and activities are planned across Yorkshire during the Trust’s 70th year and details can be found on the Trust’s website.



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