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Photo competition to launch new environmental charity

Release Date: 24 November 2020

Habitats & Heritage, a new charity dedicated to looking after the natural and historic environment in south and west London has opened its doors this month, marking it’s launch with a local photography competition.

The charity aims to protect and restore our threatened local rivers, green spaces and parks and historic built environment and, during lockdown, it is encouraging everyone to get out and connect with nature, the environment and our local heritage.

Habitats & Heritage is launching a photography competition and asking people to enter free of charge and send photos that really showcase and celebrate the local habitats and heritage of south and west London. Everyone is invited to submit their best local snaps and the aim is to inspire people to discover new places on their doorstep.

Cllr Geoff Acton, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames said;

'We are delighted to celebrate the launch of Habitats & Heritage. They are an exciting charity highlighting just how important it is to preserve our wonderful local natural and heritage for future generations to enjoy.

'People can support them in many ways - by taking part in their photography competition, becoming a supporter, attending their events or volunteering for future conservation or heritage projects.'

Colin Cooper, CEO, Habitats & Heritage said;

'Getting out in nature and our local heritage this lockdown can bring many wellbeing and mental health benefits. We want to everyone to explore the local green spaces and parks and discover local hidden historical gems. We are excited to launch our photography competition and we can’t wait to see the entries.'

The charity is the result of the merger of Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) and is now the leading environmental and heritage charity in the area. SWLEN was named as one of The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames’s ‘Charity of Year’ for mayoral year 2020/21.

People can find out more on the Habitats & Heritage website or join their Supporter Scheme for just £10 per year, which will enable them to become further engaged in projects and find meaningful opportunities tailored to their interests.

Habitats & Heritage is hosting some exciting online events for the public including a children’s workshop with the world famous and hugely popular Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler on Saturday 5 December.

Get involved

Here’s how people can get involved with the charity:

Photography competition

Enter our photography competition and send in your snaps to celebrate the local habitats and heritage of south and west London. Everyone can take part and we want the photos to inspire people to discover new places on their doorstep this lockdown. We want to see photos that celebrate the unique and diverse natural and historic environment of south of west London. The competition is free to enter and watch this space – you might find your photo used on the new Habitats & Heritage website or win a prize and honour!

Make sure to think about original content, composition and creativity, and check out the full entry details online and find out when the competition launches next week.

Green Hub Spots for Nature

Tell us about the forgotten patches and small spaces near you and help us turn them into wildlife green hubs for nature.

Volunteer for Habitats & Heritage

We offer many different volunteering opportunities for all ages.

Become a supporter

Sign up to our Supporter Scheme.

Attending events

Saturday 5 December, World famous Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler will be hosting our popular children’s workshop event online this year – tickets available soon.

For more information visit the Habitats & Heritage website

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact  Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P466/20

Updated: 16 June 2021