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Northumberland Wildlife Trust timeline.

1912 - Formation of the Society for the Protection of Nature Reserves (now the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts) 1962 - Formation of the Northumberland and Durham Naturalists' Trust (NDNT).

1964 - Big Waters became the first nature reserve for the Northumberland area of NDNT.

1966 - Acquisition of the trust's first owned nature reserve, Tony's Patch.

1970 - First lease of eight bogs, the Border Mires, from the Forestry Commission and the start of 40 years' work to save and regenerate the internationally-important habitat.

1971 - Split into the separate Durham and Northumberland trusts.

1974 - First paid employee, seconded from NatWest Bank.

1983 - Acquisition of an ex-opencast site at Low Hauxley on Druridge Bay, which has since become one of the trust's flagship nature reserves.

1986 - Holystone Burn became the first joint Forestry Commission/Wildlife Trust reserve in the country.

1990 - The trust created a gold medal-winning exhibition garden at the Gateshead Garden Festival.

1991 - First paid director appointed.

1993 - Move from base at the Hancock Museum to a property in the grounds of St Nicholas' Hospital in Gosforth.

1999 - Opening of the trust's activity centre at St Nicholas Park, financed through grant aid and a generous legacy bequest.

1999 - Acquisition of Whitelee Moor, still the largest nature reserve managed by any English wildlife trust.

2004 - The trust's turnover tops pounds 1m for the first time.

2009 - Launch of the Living Landscapes project, set to become the focus of Wildlife Trust work into the future.

2010 - Outline approval given for the Heritage Lottery-funded Coal and Coast project at Druridge Bay.

2011 - The trust celebrates its 40th birthday and membership breaks 6,000 households for the first time.

For details about Northumberland Wildlife Trust visit www.nwt.org.uk or call 0191 284 6884.

IDEAS MAN Tony Tynan, the founder of NWT
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Chronology
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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