About Us

In 1982 The Conservation Foundation was formed by David Shreeve and David Bellamy and since then we've been working to strengthen community action that brings people together to support and understand the natural world.

Many of the world's environmental problems are so complex and huge that individuals and communities can feel powerless to help, but The Conservation Foundation believes that every positive environmental action, however small, is worthwhile. Whether it's growing and monitoring a disease-resistant tree sapling, dropping off old tools to help a local group start a kitchen garden, or learning how to look after your churchyard's trees, your time can make a big difference to where you live. All our projects strive to support these actions and help communities work together to take part in supporting their local environment.

The Conservation Foundation is a registered charity number 284656. To view our accounts and other information please visit the Charity Commission's website. Donate to a project through Virgin Money Giving.

Find out more about our history here. You can see our review of our 2016 projects here.

"Every positive environmental action, however small, is worthwhile."
David Shreeve
Libby Symon
Lindsay Swan
James Coleman
Jack Narbed
Richard Leatherby
William Moloney


Our partners play a vital role in our projects and campaigns, helping people across the UK to support their environment and community. Businesses that want to lend a hand, charitable trusts, and organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund all play a role in building sustainable projects.

  • Wyevale Garden Centres
  • O2 Telefonica
  • Mayor of London
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • HM Prison and Probation Service
  • Coutts Bank
  • Wessex Water

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