Citizens

Land stewardship allows the development of personal connections with nature and landscapes, and can be a strong driver to promote citizen involvement in conservation. Through social involvement, land stewardship organisations have the opportunity to help people understand and appreciate the importance of natural and cultural resources, and enjoy them accordingly. A strong land stewardship movement also needs broad support from citizens.

National Trust Images - Arnhel de Serra

Photo: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Ways for the general public to get involved with land stewardship

  • Get to know land stewardship - By interacting with land stewardship organisations in your area, through social networks, newsletters, websites, books, etc.
  • Visit sites - Visit nature reserves and properties with land stewardship agreements. People can be in contact with nature and know organisations' projects through guided tours. By contributing to and participating in these guided tours (or other paid activities), people are also supporting nature conservation.
  • Support activities - Participate in activities offered by organisations. Stewardship organisations are very active and offer a lot of activities for the general public or local communities: dinners with products from land under stewardship agreements, talks, fairs, photo contests, polls, etc.
  • Buy land stewardship products - Shop responsibly and buy products (food, drinks, clothes, crafts…) made with raw materials from sites with stewardship agreements. Other types of products can be merchandised (books, posters, caps, T-shirts, toys, etc.). A good gift can also be a membership to a land stewardship organisation for a friend or relative.
  • Volunteering - Organisations offer different ways to recruit volunteers. People can participate in a specific activity as a volunteer or become a permanent volunteer (and carry out management activities or bird counts or become a tour/excursion guide).
  • Fundraising activities - Offer donations, social investment & crowd funding. People can donate money for specific actions or campaigns launched by stewardship organisations. Projects generating a margin of benefit can attract social investment and stakeholder participation.  Individuals can also leave a legacy to the organisation in their will.
  • Memberships - Becoming members of a land stewardship organisation. Through subscriptions, individuals support the activity of the organisation and receive services –and a lot of intangible benefits.
  • Engage friends & relatives - Inviting contacts and friends to engage with land stewardship and nature conservation.

Best LIFE Information project

best life

The LANDLIFE project (LIFE10 INF/ES/540) will be awarded one of the 5 best LIFE Information projects 2015.

  • Landlife Congress
    • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016

      National Land Conservation Conference (29th year of Rally). Minneapolis.
      Organized by the Land Trust Alliance. From 28th to 30th of October.

    • Natura 2000 Day

      Natura 2000 Day

      In May, people across Europe will get to celebrate the European Union's Natura 2000 network. A variety of exciting events are being organised at Natura 2000 sites on and around Saturday, 21 May 2016 for members of the public and visitors to these protected havens.

    • Workshop on sustainable forestry in the UK

      The 1st workshop in a series of 4 will take place in Milverton, Somerset, UK from 17-20 March 2016.

LIFE

LIVE

LandLife (LIFE10 INF/ES/540) has been made possible by the European Commission’s LIFE programme. For more information, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/