West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust, operating locally as ‘The Environment Trust’ is a local charity which aims to tackle disadvantage and improve individual and community wellbeing through environmental regeneration.
The Trust works in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council and other community organisations to develop environmental improvement ideas based on local need.
Since its inception in 2002 The Trust has worked on a diverse range of projects including urban forestry, play and sports spaces, public realm projects, creating learning spaces in schools, park and greenspace improvements, footpath and access improvements, community safety projects to name but a few.
Small Team, Big Ideas
Environmental Regeneration Manager, Alan McMullen, explained: “We are a small team with big ideas. We thrive on new ideas and solutions to improve our environment for the benefit of West Dunbartonshire residents.
“Our staff ensure projects are designed to a high standard often drawing on ideas from Scandinavia and Europe.
“We have created partnership design teams with leading landscape architects and designers who share our vision of West Dunbartonshire as a great place to live.”
Projects are supported by West Dunbartonshire Council which enables The Trust to generate fairly large funding packages
from relatively small amounts of local funding.
We have generated funding from Europe, Scottish Government and other strategic organisations for projects from planting a single tree to large scale regeneration projects – so far we have developed projects in excess of £8million.
The Trust has continued its mission to assist community groups and other partners to tackle disadvantage, remove barriers and improve the environment of West Dunbartonshire.
Our activities not only involve the development and creation of physical environmental improvement works but also include community development, partnership support and environmental education.
This broad approach aims to address a wide range of community needs for the long-term wellbeing of our citizens.
Flexible and Creative
Our aim is to be flexible and creative, responding to new challenges and community needs and aspirations as they arise.
Our objectives are to conserve, restore and improve the environment; to create opportunities for training and employment and to promote environmental awareness; to develop partnerships, to inspire others and to adopt sustainable practices.
We aim to deliver these through a series of operating principles focusing on healthy living, community participation, biodiversity and sustainability.
The Trust also endeavours to support others in the development of regeneration initiatives and will continue to assist groups and organisations such as WDC Education, Housing & Greenspace departments, Tenants and Residents Associations, Community Councils etc.
The Trust’s projects are aimed at both local and national regeneration outcomes and where possible linked to other initiatives such as community safety, health and wellbeing, employment and training, economic vitality and inward investment.
We aim to develop programmes which demonstrate the value and benefits of good quality, sustainable environments.
In an ever more challenging world we seek to find creative solutions, maximise scarce resources, engage individuals with nature, tackle disadvantage and improve opportunities for healthier and more active lifestyles.
We constantly seek new challenges, build belief and inspire others to create a sustainable and vibrant West Dunbartonshire.
To contact The Trust email email@example.com