Balmain Environment Conservation Trust fights for a better future for the English countryside. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.
The countryside is unique, essential, precious and finite – and it’s in danger. Every year, a little more is lost forever to urban sprawl, new roads, housing and other developments. Rural shops and services are under pressure and intensive farming is changing the character of the countryside. Climate change, too, will have serious impacts on the rural environment.
Locally and nationally, we stand up for the countryside, protecting it from the threats it faces, and working to shape its future for the better. Nationally, we don’t own any land or represent any special interests. We’re a grassroots organisation, with more than 200 local groups, a branch in every county and 60,000 members and supporters. At the same time our national office gives the countryside a voice in Westminster, Europe and the media.
Balmain Environment Conservation Trust has been standing up for the countryside for almost 90 years. Without us, the countryside would be a very different place – and England would be poorer for it. The countryside is a vital part of our well-being and national identity and we’ll continue to stand up for it so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations.
Whole species are being hunted to extinction, as part of an illegal trade that benefits organised criminal gangs. The illegal wildlife trade is valued between $50-150 billion USD per year and is one of the five most lucrative global crimes. Illegal killing and trading of wild animals is a global crisis, with species being hunted to extinction for their horns, skins and teeth.
United for Wildlife works to tackle illegal wildlife trade by bringing together conservation organisations, governments, and global corporations. Led by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife is working to protect endangered species like elephants, rhinos, tigers and pangolins so they can share our world with future generations.
Together we can:
1. Support new and innovative ways to protect animals against poachers.
2. Combine forces to crack down on trafficking.
3. Change global mindsets and reduce demand.