A landscape of El Grau.
El Grau de L’Inquisidor © Rob Stoneman

Environmental Programmes

The Trust has a rich history of environmental advocacy and restoration. At present, attention is focused on developing a large scale land acquisition in Spain, which will then be ‘rewilded’; allowed to develop so that natural processes self-manage a natural ecosystem. 

PDHCT also supports El Grau de L’Inquisidor, a five-year Environmental Improvement Programme launched in 2017. The project, on the site of an organic winery in Barcelona, Spain is part restoration, part advocacy, with ambitious aims to improve and restore the natural environment, as well as offering an educational visitor experience and training for local workers. 

Golden Plover.
Golden Plover © Norrie Russell

The Trust’s previous environmental work has been largely informed by an over-arching interest in the effects of climate change, combined with a long-term commitment to its partner charities: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. 

The Trust has been a valued supporter of UK Wildlife Trusts since 2004. In 2012, Peter De Haan was awarded The Rothschild Medal by the UK Wildlife Trusts, in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution’ to nature conservation in the UK. “At a time when society is at a crossroads and needs to invest in our natural capital more than ever, it is important to acknowledge people who are contributing not just substantial resources, but also ideas and intellect to the movement,” said Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts. 


A building in El Grau.
© Herència Altés

El Grau de L’Inquisidor

Part restoration, part advocacy, this is an ambitious long-term environmental project that will unfold over several years.

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© Ben Lee

Environmental Grants Scheme

In 2015, we launched a new Environmental Grants Scheme allocating a further £1 million to grant aid six environmental programmes, with the funds to be awarded over a three-year period. 

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A pair of snipes.
© Somerset Wildlife Trust

Supporting UK Conservation

The Trust is proud to have worked with several respected organisations around the UK, and to support them on their mission to conserve and restore our national landscape.

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Ballynahone Bog.
© Ben Hall / 2020 Vision

Peatland Restoration

The IUCN UK Peatland Programme promotes peatland restoration in the UK and advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. 

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National Youth Theatre rehearsing Slick at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.
© National Youth Theatre

Promoting Awareness

PDHCT was a core supporter of the tremendously creative environmental advocacy work of The National Youth Theatre in partnership with arts charity IdeasTap. 

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