Trust for Urban Ecology

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The Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE) is a London-based ecological organisation and is part of The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV) since april 2012. The Trust for Urban Ecology was founded in 1976 when ecologist Max Nicholson and a group of like-minded conservationists set up Britain's first urban ecology park.[1]


Max Nicholson, the trust's founder, was also instrumental in setting up the World Wildlife Fund and became the 2nd Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council.[2]

The trust's first site, the William Curtis Ecological Park, was created on the site of a derelict lorry park near London's Tower Bridge. The William Curtis Ecological Park was always intended to be temporary and in 1985 the land was returned to its owners.[3] By this time the trust had already created two new nature parks and it would later acquire another two.

Current sites[edit]


  • To provide a new habitat for urban wildlife
  • To enable ecologists to discover more about the nature of urban ecology
  • To offer city residents the chance to enjoy nature and learn through hands-on experience
  • To demonstrate the value of creative conservation - an ecological approach to the creation of new landscapes
  • To provide examples of best practice and key demonstration sites

Other activities[edit]

  • The trust offer environmental design, creation and management services
  • Volunteer and work placement schemes
  • Environment skills training
  • Corporate team-building projects

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Urban Ecology". The Conservation Volunteers. Archived from the original on 16 December 2023. Retrieved 25 December 2023.
  2. ^ Perrins, CM (2005). "In memoriam: Edward Max Nicholson, 1904-2003". The Auk. 122 (1): 357. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0357:imemn];2. S2CID 86369839.
  3. ^ Trust for Urban Ecology website
  4. ^ Southwark Council Website Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Westcombe Society Website website

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