'Conserving wildlife and ancient landscape'


Registered Charity Number: 702488 


Some of the Trust’s most important work relates to educating the public about conserving and encouraging wildlife.  It promotes the message that many of Britain’s most cherished ‘natural’ landscapes were shaped by farmers and foresters using the land in the same way over many centuries.  These landscapes need to be carefully managed if their extraordinary beauty and ecological diversity is not to be lost forever.

The principal ways the Trust conveys its message are:

Lawyer's wig (shaggy inkcap) in the park at Kemerton Court
 Education Initiatives 

Schools Initiative

Through its Schools Initiative the Trust encourages educational visits to its wildlife sites by local school children, including Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve, which has a dipping platform and two bird-watching hides for use by schools.

Forest School 

Forest School is a nationwide scheme which aims to provide children of all ages with areas of woodland in which to play and learn. The Trust provides a site in South Wiseacre Wood, Kinsham, where children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, and how to solve problems and co-operate with others. The Forest School programme runs for around 36 weeks throughout the year. For more information on Bredon Forest School please visit the Bredon Forest School website. For more information on the national scheme please visit the National Forest School website.

School visit to Kemerton Lake

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The Trust provides practical training in conservation for volunteers. It teaches countryside skills such as hedge laying and dry stone walling.  When funding permits it provides training for temporary part-time workers.

Stone walling by volunteers at Roundhill

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 Media Coverage


In addition to its own website, generously maintained by volunteers, The Trust has contributed material to the ‘National Farm Walk’ and ‘Biodiversity’ sections of the FWAG website.


  • Countryfile (BBC1) featured Trust habitats and staff in an item on Plantlife’s cowslip survey.

  • Time Team (Channel 4), featured the archaeology of farmland in Kemerton managed by the Trust

  • Talking Landscapes (BBC2), featured farmland managed by the Trust

  • Most recently, Gardeners' World (BBC2) featured the Trust's work at Daffurns Orchard, (Spring 2008)

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Published Items:

  • Abel C. (2001) Making Room For Arable Wildflowers. Farmers Weekly. June 22-28. Quadrat Publishing
  • Clarke J & P (1984) Kemerton Estate – Natural History. Report on a years study. Kemerton Trustees Ltd, Gloucestershire
  • Clarke J & P (1988) Reconciling Farming with Wildlife- A case Study of Conservation Management Techniques on Kemerton Farm 1983-87. Kemerton Trustees Ltd, Gloucestershire
  • Clarke J. Morgan C.C. (2001) Experimental Monitoring project At Kemerton. Worcestershire Record, Newsletter of the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre Number 10, p11
  • Clarke J. Morgan C.C. (2001) Practical Arable Wildflower Conservation on the Kemerton Estate. Fields of Vision, a future for Britain’s Arable Plants- Proceedings of a Conference. p184, RSPB, English Nature
  • Deane R (1989) Expanded Field Margins: Their costs to the farmer and benefits to wildlife. Report commissioned by Nature Conservancy Council.  Kemerton  Trustees. Ltd, Gloucestershire
  • Fraser A.J.L (1993) Report on Kemerton Estate- Transfer of interest to the Kemerton Trustees Ltd. Worcestershire Nature Conservation Trust, Worcestershire
  • Napham M. Jackson R. Pearson E. Ratkai S (1997) Salvage Recording at Huntsmans Quarry Kemerton 1994-6: Post – Excavation and Assessment and Updated Project Design. County Archaeological Service, Hereford and Worcester County Council
  • Whitehead P&J (1991-96) The Biological Survey of Kemerton Estate Reports 1-5.Kemerton Trustees Ltd, Gloucestershire

Internal Documents:

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