Shropshire Hills AONB Trust
Registered Charity no. 1168432
After some years of research and development of ideas, this newly formed Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was registered with the Charity Commission in July 2016. It has the following objects:
- To promote the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife and historic value of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), for the benefit of the public.
- To advance understanding, education and awareness, in and around the AONB, of the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife and historic value of the Shropshire Hills AONB, for the benefit of the public.
The principal activity of the AONB Trust is to raise funds and to distribute them in line with its charitable objects. From 2017 the Trust has taken over responsibility for the Conservation Fund previously run by the AONB Partnership, though the AONB team will continue to provide support. This fund is to encourage activities by local people and organisations to support activities which help to conserve the value of the Shropshire Hills area. The Trust, jointly with the AONB Partnership, runs the Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB membership scheme.
The constitution of the charity has been deliberately widely drawn so that it has the potential to develop a greater range of activities in the future but to do so in a way that will complement the role of the AONB Partnership. The charity structure will provide added benefits for fundraising with the prospect of attracting more in donations and the opportunity of maximising their value through the Gift Aid scheme.
If you would like to make a donation to the Trust or would like to get involved as a volunteer in fundraising, please get in touch through the AONB Partnership.