It is our aim to support well thought out and achievable projects for the improvement of the natural environment in the UK with a particular focus on the Woolhope Dome. Our strategy focuses on supporting the gathering of ecological data and the development of management strategies that help to enhance habitat and species diversity.
Specific funding will be offered to students, researchers and practitioners who intend to study elements of wildlife and conservation that can be applied to the Woolhope Dome area, with priority given to projects partially or wholly undertaken in and around Woolhope Dome.
We will also support educational projects to help stimulate interest in the wildlife of the Woolhope Dome area and beyond.
We aim to support cooperative and targeted management schemes that will allow existing areas of neglected habitat to be enhanced, new habitats to be created and allow for better management of existing semi-natural habitat within Woolhope Dome and other areas of the UK.
To offer and prioritise matching funding opportunities for large funding applications for projects that support our vision statement and occur partially or wholly within Woolhope Dome.
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:
The Trust disburses small grants on an annual basis (generally up to £5000 each) to meet these objectives.