Prince Charles visiting Cley in February 1996 1/2
Prince Charles visiting Cley in February 1996 2/2

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to have patronage of His Majesty, The King

Thursday 09 May, 2024

His Majesty, The King has announced his patronage of Norfolk Wildlife Trust following a review of Royal patronages conducted by the Royal Household after His Majesty's accession to the throne.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust had previously been proud to receive patronage from Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 until 2022, the year of her passing.

As The Prince of Wales, His Majesty has had a long association with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, visiting both NWT Hickling Broad and Cley Marshes nature reserves during his childhood followed by an official visit to Cley Marshes in 1996 to open improved visitor facilities at the popular coastal nature reserve.

Alice Liddle, Chair of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, says:
"His Majesty has become well known as a visionary environmentalist and has dedicated more than 50 years to championing the UK's response to the nature and climate crises. Here in Norfolk, he delivers large-scale conservation projects in and around his Sandringham Estate including planting trees and hedgerows as well as creating woodlands and wetlands, setting a great example of how nature can be integrated into a working and productive landscape.

"His Majesty is a remarkable naturalist, an inspiring leader, and a champion of wildlife who has consistently advocated for nature's recovery in the UK. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is honoured that he has chosen to continue Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's legacy by becoming our patron."

His Majesty, The King also announced his continued patronage of The Wildlife Trusts national movement.

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says:
"For more than half a century, His Majesty has been at the forefront of raising awareness and calling for action to tackle the global environmental crisis. From his first landmark speech about the environment in 1970, to becoming Patron of The Wildlife Trusts in 1977, to initiating countless breakthrough environmental initiatives, right through to his internationally acclaimed speech at the UN climate summit in Dubai last autumn, His Majesty has consistently demonstrated foresight, courage and leadership as he has helped communities, charities and businesses grapple with the challenges and opportunities inherent in living more sustainably and in harmony with Nature.

"It is therefore a great honour that His Majesty has agreed to continue with his Patronage of The Wildlife Trusts. We are very grateful for his support, and the message it sends about the importance of conserving and restoring our precious wildlife."
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