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Kemerton Conservation Trust (KCT) is a registered charity which aims to conserve wildlife and
places of beauty in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and adjoining counties for the
Much of the Trust’s activity takes place in the area surrounding Bredon Hill in
south Worcestershire, where there is a concentration of traditionally-managed farmland and
woodland habitats which are exceptionally rich in fauna and flora.
The Trust has four main purposes:
Managing important sites for the benefit of wildlife
Developing innovative conservation practices
Continuing a twenty-five year programme of scientific surveying,
monitoring and analysis
Educating the public, land managers, and other organisations about
conservation priorities and practices
KCT is run by a board of governors who donate their time and professional expertise. Many of them
have links to conservation organizations such as the RSPB, FWAG, WildCRU, and
International. From 1989 until 2001 the Trust employed a full-time Conservation Officer to carry out its
activities. Since then, restricted funding has meant that the Trust has undertaken core work with
part-time staff. The Trust currently employs John Clarke as a Conservation Advisor but hopes to
supplement his efforts by the re-employment of a full-time Conservation Officer. The staff and
registered offices are located in the village of Kemerton.
In addition, the Trust is indebted to a dedicated band of volunteers who lend
their support to conservation projects. It has recently begun training a Volunteer Co-ordinator to
carry out fundraising and to enlist more volunteers for habitat maintenance. For more information about
volunteering, please see our How you can help page.
The cost of running the Trust’s core programmes is £30,000 - £35,000 per
year. We rely mainly on the support of grant-awarding institutions and charities, with additional funds
coming from private donors and local businesses. Since 2004, Natural England has provided generous
assistance through the Aggregates Levy Support Fund, however this source of funding is likely to expire in
March 2008. For more information on donating to the Trust please see our How you can help page.
Kemerton Conservation Trust (originally named Kemerton Trustees Limited) was founded in 1989 by
Adrian Darby (former chairman of the RSPB, Plantlife
International and the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee), in response to the catastrophic national decline in
farmland biodiversity. It grew out of the pioneering conservation work carried out on his farm, the
Kemerton Estate in Worcestershire, from 1980 onwards. The Trust is particularly indebted to John &
Pamela Clarke, the estate’s Conservation Officers from 1983 to 1986, who laid the foundations for so much of the
work that has followed since.
The Trust’s early work focused on developing ways to maintain wildlife habitat within the modern
farming environment. Its pioneering studies into the use of chemically-untreated arable field margins
helped to bring about a change in government policy, which led to the widespread adoption of this
practice. For more information, please follow the link to our Practical arable wildflower conservation paper.
Click HERE for a sitemap.