This month’s ‘Focus On…..’ features a new group which has recently joined HGN:
About Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust
The Trust was set up 25 years ago to promote conservation of geology and landscape in the region. Over the years, we have worked with many local organisations including the Wye Valley and Malvern Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Currently we are a partner in the National Lottery Heritage Fund project Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds, working with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team. Here our role is to understand which of the ponds in western Herefordshire originated in the ice age. Working with our partners, we advise on their conservation, including avoiding pollution. Also, in the last decade, mainly through a series of Lottery grants, sector-leading projects have been completed on site conservation strategies, building stones and app development.
Over the longer term, a key role for us has been to identify regionally important sites for conservation of geology and landscapes. We have designated several hundred such Local Geological Sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and are active in site conservation through working parties and site champions. We also developed the Geopark trail through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark and have recently published an updated edition of its guide as well as some 35 Explore leaflet guides to local areas of interest.
The Trust provides professional geological expertise and advice, including for local authorities, and has a programme of geoeducation and public engagement. We have a membership scheme to become Friends of the Trust and are always on the look-out for new volunteers and potential new trustees. Our website www.earthheritagetrust.org was revamped in 2020 and showcases all our activities.