Who we are
The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts who are passionate about the people and wildlife of the Blackwater Valley. We are a registered charity, with seven dedicated Trustees using their wide range of backgrounds to help conserve and improve its natural environment. This includes managing its countryside, preserving its wildlife habitats and landscapes by making conservation projects happen. We also organise events, including walks, talks and conservation activities, and encourage the public to take part in them, educating people about, and introducing them to, the Valley and its wildlife. In short, we do anything we can to make the Blackwater Valley a better place to live and visit.
Our aims are to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:
- Promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
- Involving people in their valley and the wildlife on their doorstep
- Identifying improvement ideas, creating projects and raising funds to progress them
- Encouraging a sense of belonging in the Blackwater Valley
We work closely with other organisations who support our objectives including:
- Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership
- County and Local authorities
- Local groups with similar interests
Members’ subscriptions cover our running costs, but part of our work is to identify environmental projects within the Valley and, where possible, look for grant monies to fund them. We raise funds from grant bodies and various other sources, such as the Landfill Communities Fund, certain Lottery Funds, charity aid schemes, and local companies.
We have specific fund-raising appeals each year, but are always in need of general donations to enable us to respond to urgent requests - help us meet our objectives by making a donation.
Meet our trustees
Meet our corporate members
Kebur Garden Materials
As a local family business, Kebur Garden Materials have been trading at their Lynchford Lane site in the Blackwater Valley since the 1980s. Keen to help efforts to preserve and enhance this natural resource for local people and support wildlife gardening in the area, Kebur is delighted to be a corporate member of the trust. Kebur stocks FSC® certified fencing and timber garden products, recycled and recyclable composite decking and recycled aggregates. BVCT members benefit from a 5% discount at Kebur on proof of current membership.
TAG Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport understands the value of working with other organisations within our community that actively work to deliver a more sustainable future. Engaging with and supporting Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust provides a channel through which we can invest in our local biodiversity beyond the boundaries of the airport site and help to ensure social and environmental amenities are protected and where possible enhanced.