The Railway Land Wildlife Trust is an environmental education charity based at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes. We work to progress nature based solutions to climate change and to bring nature to the heart of Lewes by:
Running the Linklater Pavilion as a community-based hub for the understanding of a sustainable environment
Providing inclusive outdoor learning using innovative approaches
Supporting the local authority in managing the Railway Land nature reserve for the whole community
Providing varied and accessible volunteering opportunities.
We run a programme of school visits, an outreach programme, a mental health project, community events, walks, talks, festivals, forums and holiday clubs.
The Linklater Pavilion is a sustainable building with its own water supply, photo voltaic panels, a ground source heat pump and a living roof. Nature based solutions to climate change underlie all of our work – building diverse ecosystems that are are resilient to climate change, sequestering carbon, reducing flood risks, cleaning our water and air and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature.
How you can help
Volunteers are involved at every level of the organisation. Our volunteer programme is running slightly at half mast because of the pandemic, but we always want to hear from people who would like to be involved.
In March 2020 we held the first Lewes Tree Summit to look at ways of working together to increase tree cover. One clear outcome of this event was the desire to establish a tree and wildflower nursery using locally collected seed, run as a social enterprise. We are looking for land and enthusiastic people to take this forward.
We have four members of staff, 11 Trustees and about 75 volunteers. We work closely with other local environmental groups with similar aims.
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