Nothing comes free in life and conservation of the environment is no exception. The St Helena National Trust has been extremely fortunate in receiving support over its first ten years of operation from two sources in particular – a grant from the St Helena Government, and successive core activity support grants from the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) whenever the need arose.
This situation cannot go on forever – the Trust has to be self-supporting, and environmental conservation on the island has to be a part of daily life, not something special supported by other organisations. The island has a population of only 4,000 people, and given the average family size of four, this gives for a potential of only about 1,000 families in support. With a recent annual subscription of only £ 2.00, the potential budget if every family were to join would be a measly £ 2,000 – which does not go very far in today’s world.
What to do? The Trust Council determined as a first step to put things on a commercial support footing, creating a company, and with it jobs in the conservation field – be it built, natural or cultural heritage. On the first of July 2013 SHNT (Guarantee) Ltd. was registered as a Limited Company on St Helena and is now open for business. Any profits generated do not go to shareholders – there are none – but are ploughed back into the Trust.
There are five Directors, one of whom is also the Director of the Trust, and the others are all Saints.
The company’s Capability Statement is available if you have an interest in the kind of work that can be carried out. Please get in touch if there is anything we can do to help you in this way.
For further information please browse the Capability Statement.