Conservation charity gets a ‘buzzing’ boost

£300,000 has been awarded to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The award, revealed this week at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, will allow the Trust to achieve a step change in its ability to manage growth, infrastructure and sustainability over the next 3 years.

As the Trust faces the exciting challenge of growth, with this comes the need to invest in the organisation from its very ‘core’. The award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will allow the organisation to start investing in its people and infrastructure to continue the amazing work already undertaken to halt and reverse the decline of bumblebees in the UK.

The funding award will provide resource to ensure four key outcomes; implementation of its organizational strategy, managing its reputation, safeguarding financial stability for future challenges and ensuring their back office systems are fit for purpose. Helping to set the Trust on a sustainable pathway through the recruitment of Fundraising Managers, roles that would be at a strategic level to enable planning the work towards sustainable funding rather than pursuing funding, and raising awareness through recruiting a Public Engagement Manager upholding our reputation and position in the market is both innovative and leading in the conservation charity sector.

The level of interest and support the Trust has achieved since being founded in 2006 is evident through its successful projects, its work with governments on the national pollinator strategies and on the ground conservation work. There has been much focus on surveying and monitoring, building partnerships, providing scientific evidence and building our regional projects to support the UK’s bumblebee population. Gill Perkins, CEO of the Trust said “our strategic aims continue to be acting to reverse the declines in our UK bumblebees using science and appropriate practical action; to educate and inspire people across society and work as trusted advisers to all the devolved governments, ensuring that the pollinator strategies produce real results for all pollinator”.

The Trust was delighted to announce the launch of the funding partnership on 6 March 2018 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. In attendance on the day, was Will Humpington from People’s Postcode Lottery and Pete Hollingsworth, Chair of Trustees for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Director of Science at RBGE.

Pete Hollingsworth, Bumblebee Conservation Trust said “I am delighted with this extremely important award to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Protecting the nation’s bumblebee species is of critical importance now and for our future generations. This funding support from the Postcode Green Trust will make a substantial contribution to the conservation work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and provide investment in our dedicated and integral team”.

Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environmental Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Safeguarding the future of our bumblebee populations is a really important mission and I am delighted to be presenting this award on behalf of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We wish Bumblebee Conservation Trust every success going forward.”

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