GREEN LIGHT TRUST: Charity’s vision has legs

Green Light Trust Legacy Legs plaque ANL-140109-103043001
Green Light Trust Legacy Legs plaque ANL-140109-103043001

During the next few week staff and friends of the Lawshall-based Green Light Trust will be engaging in the start of their 25th year celebrations.

‘Legacy Legs’ has been organised to connect 40 locations across Suffolk together to mark the quarter century of work done by the charity.

Each will be connected by someone jogging, cycling or walking from one location to another and each location will receive a plaque to commemorate the 25 years of the charity’s work and aims in bringing people and nature together.

The charity was formed in 1989 and since then has worked with communities, businesses and other partners to educate and engage people in making a positive difference to our environment.

During the last 25 years the trust has engaged with over 250,000 people. It has trained 900 practitioners in Forest School, created 63 new community-owned Wild Spaces; with more than 3,000 local people coming together to support the projects by contributing their time, energy and local knowledge and in doing so, more than 100,000 trees and shrubs have been planted; together with locally native wildflowers.

Over a three-year period the Low Carbon Champions’ programme supported 85 organisations to reduce their carbon footprint across Suffolk; potentially saving £430,000 on bills every year and taking the equivalent of 2,500 tonnes of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

The Greener Lives programme has introduced more than 400 people to the benefits of outdoor activity to their health and well-being and helped them learn conservation skills; increasing the number of volunteers caring for our environment.

Each leg is being sponsored to raise funds to help continue the valuable environmental work done by the Charity. Anyone who would like to get involved should visit the Virgin Money Giving page for Green Light Trust.