22 - 23 September 2017. We are over the moon to report that the Secret Art Sale 2017 was a phenomenal success. Members of the public started queuing several hours before we opened and by lunchtime we had sold more than half the art.
20 June 2017. Twenty one dedicated volunteers from CISCO came to our aid yesterday on two sites. See pics on flickr. One group took on various gardening and maintenance tasks at ETNA while the other walked to the Kitchen Garden at Marble Hill Park to prepare and paint the fence. After lunch the groups swapped places. People's enthusiasm and output of work were amazing especially on a June day with temperatures into the 30's C.
28 Feb 2017 - Operation Centaur maintains the last working herd of Shire horses in London and is dedicated to the protection and survival of the breed. See pics on flickr. From hauling logs to pulling carriages these magnificent horses make a great contribution to local life as well as being a beautiful sight in the landscape.
We are delighted to welcome Lucia Pekarova as a new staff member with the Environment Trust. Lucia undertook fantastic volunteering work for the Trust last year as a key member of the Secret Art Sale organising committee. She has studied photography at RACC and her photos of the Secret Art Sale communicate the excitement and joy of that event. Lucia moved to the UK fifteen years ago from her home country Slovakia and she is now a settled Londoner.
From the Cheviot in Northumberland to the South Downs nearly ten per cent of England lies within one of the National Parks, which are said to be 'Britain's breathing spaces.' Everywhere needs a breathing space. In London suburbs a local nature reserve, a community garden or a reclaimed fly-tipping site cannot compete with the Lake District in scale and majesty. But they play an important part in conserving nature and inspiring a love of places - not only the national icons but the places we see and live in every day.