The Blackdown Hills Trust was formed in the summer of 2010 and received charitable status in October of that year. The five founding board members are also members of the Local Stakeholders’ Group in the Neroche Project and formed the Trust in order to support further conservation work in The Blackdown Hills in the future.
The Current Trustees all live in or near the area. They represent a diverse range of interests that include farming, forestry, and the arts. They include parish councillors, officers and members of local groups, sporting and leisure associations.
Their commitment to promoting conservation is summed up in the Trust’s objects:
To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the Blackdown Hills
To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.
To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the public at large or of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.