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Mayor welcomes the Trust to Taunton

 26th Aug 2014

As the county’s leading conservation charity Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted that, this summer, it made the move to the county town of Taunton. On August 20th the Trust welcomed many of those that had made the move possible to an official opening, which was performed by The Worshipful Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Dave Durdan and Stephen Moss, President of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Simon Nash said:  “The move comes at a particularly poignant time for the charity, which celebrates 50 years of nature conservation in Somerset this year.

“We look forward to being part of the community and are delighted that we will be contributing to the positive development of the town through our Routes to the River Tone project.”

Dr Smith's legacy

Somerset Wildlife Trust was able to purchase the new offices thanks to a generous legacy left by a founder member of the charity, Dr. Chris Smith. It was thanks to donations and voluntary help from the community valued at £20,000 that the Trust has been able to refurbish the building and make it fit for use.

Following the move to Taunton the Trust is hosting a special 50th Anniversary event in the town with its Patron Simon King. Simon is known for his presenting work on popular series such as Springwatch and Autumnwatch and he will be talking about the transformation of ten acres of pasture into a wildlife Eden, at his Somerset home. The event takes place at Queens College, Taunton, on Saturday, November 22, 7.30pm to 9.30pm and tickets are available for £10 from

Opening indoors

In the marquee


At the gate

Opening outdoors