Milestone for nature

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A MUCH-VALUED Northumberland nature group is celebrating 40 years in operation.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust will reach the milestone tomorrow.

The trust has evolved over the decades to become the largest wildlife and conservation charity in the north of England, owning and managing more than 60 nature reserves.

Chief Executive Mike Pratt said: “Public support and new memberships are more important than ever today as funding for conservation projects is shrinking from every direction.

“We need people on board to ensure we can achieve even more in the next 40 years as we have ambitious plans to bring Northumberland’s spectacular wildlife alive for everybody to experience.”

One of the charity’s great supporters is Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of landscape architect Lancelot Capability Brown.

The visitor centre allows the organisation to fund-raise and recruit new members on its premises, and is currently selling a range of merchandise for trust funds.

It will also be showcasing a selection of entries from the trust’s 26th annual photography competition from Tuesday, April 5, to Tuesday, May 3. They can be seen in the coffee and restaurant area.