Supporting People in Creating a Richer Environment for Wildlife

The WDET is committed to providing the sort of funding for nature conservation projects that would otherwise be difficult to secure.

Who We Are

Woolhope Dome Environmental Trust (Charity no. 1127959) was founded by Dr Humphrey Graham Smith in 2009.

Humphrey passed away after a short illness in 2012 (1945-2012). He graduated with a BSc in Ecology from The University of Edinburgh in 1967, followed by an MSc in Forestry from Aberdeen in 1968.

He then undertook a PhD on 'Studies of the terrestrial protozoa of the maritime Antarctic' awarded by Edinburgh in 1973; his thesis was based on work done while employed as a microbiologist by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) from 1968 to 1974.

In 1974 Humphrey joined Coventry University and ran courses in Ecology and Environmental Science until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2002.

Humphrey became involved in the Woolhope Dome after purchasing a local woodland for conservation management in 1999. This was bequeathed to Mark O'Brien and Elizabeth Vice who continue to manage the woodland and associated Wood Pasture to maximise conservation value.

The trustees (Dr Mark Bateman, Dr James Bennett and Ian Tanner) continue to run and manage Woolhope Dome Environmental Trust (WDET) in Humphrey's name and seek to promote environmental works with a focus on, but not exclusively, within the Woolhope Dome area with the following aims:

  • For the enhancement of wildlife conservation
  • for the remediation of derelict and contaminated land for wildlife conservation
  • For the use of rare or traditional breed livestock to promote biodiversity in species rich meadow
  • For the public appreciation and enjoyment of the countryside including disabled access
  • For the education both formal and informal in ecology, conservation and sustainable farming and forestry for general charitable purposes.

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The Trust disburses small grants on an annual basis (generally up to £5000 each) to meet these objectives.