(Above) Edward Fox and Tony Bates (DWT President) revealing the memorial stone, (Below) Helen Brotherton, CBE by DWT (Below) Edward Fox and Tony Bates revealing a commemorative plaque (Below) Edward Fox, Tony Bates and Nigel Webb (DWT Chairman) all by Brian Bleese.
Dorset Wildlife Trust has marked the centenary birthday of its founder, Helen Brotherton, CBE, with the unveiling of a memorial stone at the Kingcombe Centre by actor Edward Fox OBE, who is a long-standing member of DWT.
Helen Brotherton, who founded Dorset Wildlife Trust (formally known as Dorset’s Naturalists’ Trust) in 1961, sadly passed away in 2009 at the age of 95 and left behind a lasting legacy for Dorset’s landscape and wildlife. She was a leading pioneer of British conservation, and DWT continues the work she started by inspiring people to join the quest to ensure the nature of Dorset is conserved and managed properly for future generations to nurture and enjoy.
The memorial, which was held at DWT’s Kingcombe Centre in West Dorset this February, saw 85 of Helen’s friends and colleagues come together to talk about their memories of her and listen to readings from Edward Fox, to officially dedicate the new Helen Brotherton stone, which sits outside the centre.
'I would always support the work of the trust' - Edward Fox
Edward Fox, who read three Thomas Hardy poems, including ‘Transformations’ and ‘Skylark’, said: “I’ve been a member of Dorset Wildlife Trust for years, and I would always support the work of the trust. It’s a great pleasure to be here today, celebrating the hard work of Helen and the volunteers who helped set up the trust.”
Maureen Keets, who was a friend and fellow volunteer to Helen Brotherton, said: “She was a great friend, and I was involved with her from the beginning of when we first started with a few people from the Dorset Natural History Society. It is nice to see a lot of people that worked very closely with her joining together to celebrate her memory.”
Helen took opportunities and shared her enthusiasm
President of Dorset Wildlife Trust, Tony Bates, met Helen when he first started volunteering with DWT in 1973. Tony said, “After meeting Helen, I found myself getting involved with lots of things in the trust. Helen took opportunities and really got people to share her enthusiasm. It seems right to celebrate Helen’s work by having a memorial stone amongst the countryside at Kingcombe.”
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.