Half Term Fun on the Ant Hill at the RSPB Reserve, Purfleet

Half Term Fun At RSPB Purfleet

Local children enjoyed some half term fun on the Trust funded Ant Hill at the RSPB reserve in Purfleet. On a sunny, but damp morning the children (Joshua Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Coby Delaney, Louis Wayland, Henry Gray, Tom Gray) used up some of their energy, climbing the anthill and exploring it’s tunnels. When the rain started falling we all headed to the … Read More

Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre opens

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre Inside

The Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre in Hornchurch Country Park finally opened its doors on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Following speeches from our Chairman and other parties, the centre was finally opened by Cllr Melvin Wallace and lolo Williams from BBCs Springwatch. The weather was glorious,  and the visitor centre was busy all day, attracting both young and old from miles around, popping in for … Read More

Trust receives record £3.67 million from Veolia UK

The Trust is delighted to announce that it has just received funding in the sum of £3.67 million from Veolia UK. This will enable us to support many more projects in the coming months. The Trustees and staff would like to express their thanks to Veolia UK for their continued and very generous support.

Trust launches new website

Trustees launch Trust's new website

We have just launched our new website. The new website, built in conjunction with Elstree Film Design Limited, has been designed to be both interactive and user friendly and takes users on a tour of both old and new projects supported by the Trust, as well as highlighting the latest Trust news. The short film on the Home page shows just … Read More

Sustainable energy for Wat Tyler Country Park

VNTT Trustees & Steve Prewer - BBC Countryside Parks Manager

On a sunny March day, our Trustees and Steve Prewer (Basildon Council) celebrated the installation of new solar panels to the roof of the old laboratory, now an arts centre, at Wat Tyler  country park. The purchase of these was made possible thanks to part of a £53,000 grant from Veolia North Thames Trust. Doug Benjafield – Chairman of VNTT said “The … Read More

Discover Wildspace app launch

Cllr Melvin Wallace at Wybridge Primary School

Monday 16th March saw the launch of a new and exciting wildlife app for Rainham.  A group of 10 – 11 year old children from Whybridge Junior School showed just how easy the app is to use across a wide range of electronic media. By the wonder of time travel, the children were also joined by John Harle, the man … Read More

East Thurrock Community Association hall opening

VNTT plaque presentation

The 75 year old East Thurrock Community Association (ETCA) hall was officially reopened on Friday 6th February 2015 by Stephen Metcalfe MP, following major refurbishment works which were made possible thanks to a grant of over £48,000 from the Trust. Essential works, including redecoration and installation of new flooring, have already made a huge difference to the many community groups … Read More

Coal House Fort heritage centre

Photography of coal house fort heritage centre

The Trust awarded £112,250 to Thurrock Council to build a new Heritage Centre at Coal House Fort. Coal House Fort is a scheduled ancient monument, one of the best examples of a Victorian casement fort and associated landscape anywhere in the UK. This project includes the development of a café and heritage interpretation space within the Fort generator house, as … Read More