Those of you with long memories will know we have had various guises since our foundation by Alan Spicer and Charles Keighley in the 1990s. In 2011 we merged with the Friends of Wychwood to become an independent charity—and a decade on, we're excited to announce we are changing our name to the Wychwood Forest Trust.
Since our creation, it's incredible how far we have come. We now manage five nature reserves across the historic Wychwood area, have supported a variety of brilliant local conservation initiatives, our hedgelaying and dry stone walling groups are thriving, and with your help are developing a clearer picture of how flora and fauna are faring in the region. We have been buoyed by your enthusiasm for our work to protect the habitats and rural traditions that make our area so special.
It is with this sense of optimism that we have decided to change our name to the Wychwood Forest Trust. Projects must end, but the need to conserve nature and restore habitats in our very special area of West Oxfordshire will extend far beyond our lifetimes. We remain the same charity with the same ethos, committed to restoring habitats and inspiring people to help conserve the rich variety of habitats that comprise the Wychwood.
We are grateful to local designers GD Associates for creating such a wonderfully positive update to our logo at a very charitable rate. We have also developed a new website in-house, which we hope you will enjoy exploring: https://www.wychwoodforesttrust.co.uk/
Thank you for your ongoing support for our work to protect wildlife in the places once part of the historic Wychwood Forest. We hope you like our new website, and can't wait to see you at this year's Wychwood Forest Fair!