Nature reserve’s plaque to honour gifts

Roxanne Farley presents Carl Watts of Staveley Nature Reserve with the Remember a Charity Plaque (s)
Roxanne Farley presents Carl Watts of Staveley Nature Reserve with the Remember a Charity Plaque (s)

A Knaresborough nature reserve has become one of the first in the country to honour the contributions made by generous supporters who leave gifts in their wills.

Staveley Nature Reserve has unveiled a yellow plaque to commemorate the legacies the charity receives.

The plaque was unveiled by Carl Watts, Community Outreach Officer from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust,on the wildlife watching hide, which was made possible by legacy donation.

The wildlife watching hide overlooks the reserve’s western lake and allows the public to view the wildlife activity the North Yorkshire habitat has to offer.

Jessica Thompson, Fundraising Officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s a great honour to be one of the first charities in the UK to be awarded a Remember A Charity yellow plaque.

“Gifts in wills from our generous supporters are vital for us. Projects like this simply would not exist without them. But most of all it recognises the contribution of our supporters who have included us in their wills.”

The Remember A Charity yellow plaques scheme was inspired by the blue plaques awarded by English Heritage. The first 15 plaques will be unveiled across the country at charitable projects and initiatives that have been made possible thanks to donations left by supporters in wills.

The yellow plaque scheme has been set up by 140 charities across the country to encourage people to think about including a charity in their wills, said Rob Cope, Director of Remember a Charity. The group says charities receive more than £2 billion from legacy gifts each year.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working for more than 65 years to protect and restore Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife. At Staveley Nature Reserve this includes a community outreach project following an extension of the site, doubling it in size, and improvements to access on site as well as developing parking facilities to make the nature reserve more accessible.