New Trustees For Scilly’s Wildlife Trust

Duchy Land Steward, Chris Gregory

The Duchy Land Steward has become a trustee of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

Chris Gregory was elected into the position, one of nine trustees, at the annual general meeting, held in the Church Hall, St Mary’s yesterday.

Another new trustee, Cheryl Davis, will join him.

Two trustees also stood down from the board; Ann Horton, who has liaised closely with the Trust’s colleagues in Cornwall, and Treasurer, Ian Lowe.

Members attending the AGM heard that a new manager for the Trust was in the process of being appointed. They’d previously been managed out of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust office, but chairman, Tim Allsop, said that had become increasingly difficult and he was looking forward to the new person starting in April next year.

The new manager would also be tasked with finding extra funds for the Trust. Treasurer Ian Lowe said their funding had started to reduce over the past year and while income was still healthy, they needed to monitor this.

The Trust had progressed a number of important projects this year, including the seabird recovery programme with the RSPB and the Scilly Bee Project.

The work that Scilly had done to identify and propose Marine Conservation Zones, well ahead of other areas in the UK, was also singled out for praise. Tim said this was down in large part to the approach here of engaging with the commercial fishing sector, rather than opposing them.

The Trust has also opened a new information centre on the quay, with panels describing the work of the Trust and important species in Scilly. Chris Gregory said he hoped that changes proposed on the quay would allow that display to be scaled up in the future.

Tim said the Trust was in “a better position than last year” regarding the controversial issue of cattle grazing on St Mary’s and he thanked members of the Trust and other agencies who had worked hard to communicate on the issue. A few cattle have also been introduced on St Martin’s although Tim admitted they wanted to take a “softly, softly” approach on that.