About Us

The History of the Green Light Trust

In 1988, Ric Edelmann and Nigel Hughes visited the Hunstein Range Forest, deep in the Upper Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. They learnt that this uniquely rich eco-system consisting of 2,000 square miles of pristine forest – was earmarked for the biggest logging operation yet to hit Papua New Guinea - as told in their book 'Trees of Paradise'. They pledged to support the local people in protecting their unique homeland and the forest is still standing today!  

The tribesmen that Ric and Nigel met asked what was happening in the UK to protect woodland and wild spaces for future generations.  Realising that more needed to be done, the idea of a body – Green Light Trust – to help UK people, communities and organisations develop themselves and learn about their relationship with nature was born.

Green Light was established in 1989 as an environmental charity based at Lawshall in Suffolk; to educate and inform the UK public on environmental matters.  In 1993 a small group of people living in Lawshall decided to create their own woodland.  They called it ‘Forest for Our Children’ and the project started life in Lawshall on a two acre field, part of which was donated by a local farmer.  Subsequently more land was acquired for tree planting.  Today there are two woodlands which cover an area of 22 acres.  Both are now managed by the 'Forest for Our Children' wildspace group.  This was the first of over 60 Community-owned WildSpaces created with support from Green Light Trust.

Our Mission: To bring people and nature together

Our four objectives

  • a.

    to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the natural and physical environment, particularly but not exclusively, by the creation, conservation and restoration of wetland, grassland, woodland, school and community gardens, parks and wild space;

  • b.

    to advance education in the conservation, protection and improvement of the natural and physical environment, particularly but not exclusively, through training and practical participation;

  • c.

    to advance education in world ecology and the natural environment and the effects on that environment of both natural and other activities and particularly those pursued by people;

  • d.

    to promote health, particularly by providing environmental and conservation orientated activities in the outdoors and natural environments.

We do this by:

  • Operating in the natural environment and prioritising restoration, conservation and the development of new eco systems.
  • Providing inspirational learning opportunities for people in the natural environment.
  • Working with young people and other special interest groups (Communities of Interest) to engage them in skills learning (life and practical).
  • Introduce people to activity in the natural environment with the aim of helping them appreciate the improvement it can make to their health and well-being.
  • Providing services to businesses enabling them to understand, benefit and profit from positive social, community and environmental action.
  • Being recognised as innovators in the design and delivery of services for people, communities and organisations, achieving life changing and sustainable outcomes.
  • Being acknowledged as reliable and professional partners.
  • Being effective and priding ourselves on our integrity, flexibility, inventiveness and courage to make things happen.
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"... I am working very closely with mid-American Americans  - I fly over to the US every 2 months and Africa at least once a month, sometimes more.... My head spins in many different directions - we, as a society, are all heading towards the soulless over-weight and wasteful culture... but the planet cannot sustain the demands on her to supply the raw materials or absorb the waste we all produce. Despite this, millions and millions still suffer and people like Lucas (PNG) struggle and lose their battle to keep the very ground their home is built on.

There are solutions to all this madness. The work of Green Light Trust remains at the top of the list of the most important projects I have seen - together with the work of Motivation, a charity that provides wheel chairs in developing countries.

I have an exciting life - world travel, meeting rich and powerful businessmen, I am privileged to be able to challenge them and on some occasions they, on my poking, nudge their huge 'oil-tanker' of a business in a more caring, sustainable direction. The vision you work on is the closest I have seen to the world we need and would ultimately enjoy - "a simple, low impact life, caring for your local and global neighbours"...

You have achieved a lot: there is a rainforest in PNG and 1000s of kids and many UK communities who see the world in a different way and have greater depth in their soul because of the work of Green Light Trust...."

 - Dr Alan Knight OBE

Dr Alan Knight OBE

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