Durrell and AJC join forces to give Jersey charities “Access to Nature”

Durrell is delighted to launch the Access to Nature Fund, a new scheme aimed at opening up Jersey Zoo to a broader cross-section of island charities and the individuals they support.

Kindly funded by and developed in conjunction with the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC), the scheme promotes equal opportunities and enables charities on the island to nominate people who would most benefit from tickets or memberships to Jersey Zoo, allowing them to enjoy the wellbeing and environmental benefits of connecting to nature. Part of Durrell’s mission is to better connect one million people to nature by 2025, and this scheme will play an important part in helping to reach this ambitious goal.

“We are very proud to launch the new Access to Nature Fund in collaboration with the Association of Jersey Charities, who have generously provided a grant of £19,985 towards the scheme,” says Beth Gallichan, Durrell’s Fundraising Manager.

“It will enable many people who may never have visited Jersey Zoo to experience the incredible animals, connect to the wonders of the natural world, and learn about Durrell’s work saving some of the rarest species on Earth. Our aim is to improve wellbeing and ensure those who get the most reward out of visiting regularly can enjoy the benefits of a Durrell membership, including unlimited visits to the zoo and the bi-annual ‘Wild Life’ magazine. Charities can also apply for tickets to distribute to those who may not have the finances to enjoy a day at the zoo.”

Kevin Keen, Chairman of the AJC, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, commented, “This is a really innovative and inclusive initiative, which we are delighted to support by drawing on the proceeds raised through our 2020 Booster Appeal. By covering the costs of entry for individuals nominated by the charities that support them, we anticipate that the Access to Nature scheme will open up the resources of Jersey Zoo to new audiences and have a truly community-wide impact.”

Some of the families from Brighter Futures, a local charity that supports child development as well as family health and wellbeing, visited the zoo on Sunday 25th April. The parents shared the joy of visiting the zoo:

“I was so proud to see the delight on my children’s faces. We took a picnic and stayed at the zoo all day. When it was closing time, my children did not want to leave and asked when we could come back again.”

“This was a dream come true for me and my children. I have been on the island for 18 years and had never been to the zoo. I am a busy mum of four children, and I find it difficult to take them to places as I don’t drive and it’s expensive to go to any attraction in Jersey.”

Durrell is now calling for charities in Jersey to apply for the bi-annual Access to Nature Fund. After the first application deadline of Monday 14th June 2021, zoo tickets and memberships up to the value of £10,000 will be distributed among the successful applicants. The second application process will be held in December 2021. Charities can apply by filling in this form.

At the start of 2021, to meet the requirements of the new discrimination regulations, Durrell updated its disability and accessibility policy so that essential carers gain free access to the zoo.

Read the Access to Nature Fund FAQs.