New Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust President launches Grundon sponsored Wild Christmas Campaign

BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison has been announced today as the new President of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), launching her Presidency with a new wild Christmas campaign called ‘My Wild Christmas’ sponsored by Grundon Waste Management.

Ellie Harrison, presenter of BBC’s Countryfile and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s
new President, with former Grundon CEO, Richard Skehens
at the launch of the ‘My Wild Christmas’ campaign.

Gloucestershire born Ellie who lives in the Stroud Valleys launched the ‘My Wild Christmas’ guide with the help of children from Sapperton School at GWT’s Siccaridge Wood Nature Reserve, near Cirencester. The children joined Ellie and GWT staff to make birdseed feeders and green Christmas wreaths that both feature in the ‘My Wild Christmas’ guide and are great family friendly wildlife activities to do this winter.

“We are delighted that Ellie has accepted our invitation to join the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust as our President. Ellie is a tremendous communicator about the natural world and is passionate about the Gloucestershire countryside and its wildlife. We look forward to harnessing her energy and enthusiasm for the Trust”, said GWT Chairman, Francis Rundall.

“I love this county. The hills of Gloucestershire are the landscape in my heart and my mind’s eye wherever I roam. And I am a hardened naturalist. So I am extremely pleased and full of delight to be the new president of the GWT” said Ellie Harrison.

“I hope you enjoy our simple guide to having a green and wildlife friendly Christmas, packed full of hints and tips, and that it inspires you to make changes in your home over the year ahead.”

Neil Grundon, Deputy Chairman of Grundon Waste Management commented, “We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust by sponsoring the ‘My Wild Christmas’ guide.

“As a nation we will create over 3 million tonnes of rubbish waste over the festive season, over half of which could be recycled. With a little thought and preparation we can all enjoy a green Christmas, and we hope that the ‘My Wild Christmas’ guide will help and inspire you to achieve this.”

A number of local celebrities have added their voice to the campaign including the Cotswold Chef Rob Rees who has donated a recipe to use up leftover turkey, TV’s Embarrassing Bodies Dr. Dawn Harper who recommends getting out for a walk over the Christmas break and Fabulous Baker Brother Tom Herbert who shares his love of making mince pies.

The Trust wants people to download the FREE guide and be inspired to make changes to their everyday lives. From putting out water for the birds in your garden during cold winter spells to reducing food waste, there is something everybody can do to make a difference over the festive period.

For your FREE downloadable PDF, visit

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