Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Outside of Pembrokeshire the extraordinary efforts of volunteers on this exquisite island may have passed you by. A year or two ago this important refuge for seabirds etc and home for many years to Ronald Lockley an extraordinary man of his time, came up for sale. It had been leased for many years by the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales and now there came a challenge to raise £750,000 to purchase and therefore save the site.
Pictured - Lockley's Cottege
This was achieved by grants and also by large sums of money contributed by Wildlife Trust members and in particular the Friends of the Islands. The enormous committment of the latter group has not wavered. Many of them set about raising the funds for materials etc and set about restoring and repairing the many buildings on Skokholm. When finished this will mean that people can once again visit the Island for the peace and tranquility that has meant so much to so many.
There is still much to be done and more funds required. If would like to help by sponsoring some part of the work, becoming a Friend of the Islands or by just visiting in the future please contact The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, The Nature Centre, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH.
Maybe it can be arranged for The Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Skokholm where he will discover that his Big Society has been working well on the Islands for many, many years and current activity demonstrates that particularly well.