Charity celebrates 25 years

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A Cornwall-based charity is celebrating its silver jubilee by launching a photographic competition, hosting a series of events and taking on a new project.

The Gaia Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of a photographic competition
The Gaia Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of a photographic competition

The Gaia Trust aims to protect an attractive and viable countryside by promoting sustainable farming, forestry and other uses of land.

Established in 1988, the Trust owns Treraven Farm in Wadebridge, Chark Moor near Lostwithiel and Home Farm Marsh in North Devon, and recently acquired Bodwannick Manor Farm near Bodmin.

Trust chairman, Michael Stanbury, said: “Our approach to land management over the last 25 years has been to think about the integration of environmental, economic and social aspects.

“Land is under intense pressure to grow more food at a cheap price, provide energy, and also be an amenity.

“We believe that a balance should be struck, and deliver this by managing land for wildlife conservation and appropriate public access as well as food production.”

The photographic competition runs until Sunday, October 20, and is open to amateur photographers who have taken images on Gaia Trust land.

There are three categories – wildlife, the managed landscape and being outdoors – with prizes for the overall winner and best young photographer.

Gaia Trust will be at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show on stand 409.