Who we are
After a couple of years of different individuals expressing their concern about biodiversity losses to both the Parish Council and the University of Bristol, the founding members of The LANCE Trust (previously, LANCET) came together early in 2021 to meet key members of Fenswood Farm to discuss ideas and ways of working together.
Since then, we have also started to work with the Parish Council, Northleaze School and Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary to increase opportunities for wildlife within and outside the parish. To get a idea of what we’re up to, visit Our Projects page.
The Trustees have a mix of skills, experience and interests to ranging from communications, to IT and local in-depth knowledge of key habitats and species that need our help. Several have family or other connections in the farming world.
Amanda Barrett, Trustee
Background: early days spent in rural Hampshire watching wildlife. Migrated to a life divided between the Welsh borders and Bristol. Twenty years ago, moved to the rural/urban fringe of North Somerset.
Career: wildlife film-maker recording the dramatic lives of animals from aardvarks to zorillas.
High-points: camping in the midst of a snow goose colony, on Russia’s Wrangel Island, and experiencing the sights and sounds of the winter turning to high summer.
Low-points: witness and participant in the Sixth Great Extinction
Hopes: working together we can mitigate, and even reverse, the climate and ecological crisis.
Sam Rogers, Trustee
Sam is an experienced organic horticulturalist and teacher. She has worked in therapeutic and educational horticulture settings for over 25 years. She loves to grow medicinal herbs and native wild flowers for her own use and for LANCE Trust projects and plant sales.
Sam is passionate about helping people to connect with nature to enhance their own well-being and to respect, appreciate and protect natural biodiversity for future generations. As a holistic health practitioner Sam offers Reflexology, somatic bodywork and Intuitive Herbalism as 1:1 and group sessions.
Seeing a decline in bird species and populations since her childhood, she is keen to create habitats especially meadows and hedges to provide shelter and food for birds and native mammals.
Owen Newman, Trustee
Early life alongside The Great Ouse, bream deep, reed fringed, slow running water, gliding constrained through the black soiled Fens, once a Great Marsh. The sheer abundance of wildlife, filled my life. Time passed and somehow, I spent nearly 40 years making wildlife films leaving me with sharply etched memories, a dormouse giving birth, a female jaguar with her cub, in a pastel twilight, walking just by me to drink from a Pantanal pond.
Over the years of home being Long Ashton, our garden has been wilded and now it’s ponds, nectar flows, vegetation, seeds and fruits attract and support abundant life.
I became part of The LANCE Trust with the express hope of radically increasing biodiversity around us. There are presently many pressures on us, but without nature we are lost.
Jenny Hyndman, Trustee
New to the area, but a life-long nature-lover.... I joined The LANCE Trust in a move to be more proactive in preserving our environment and to collaborate with others who want to do the same.
I enjoy and explore the natural world through outdoors sports (and podcasts!) and work in marketing for a climate tech company. In the future I hope to continue building a career where I can be more involved in wildlife and the environment.
I wrote about my Long Ashton garden here.
Myles Mayne, Trustee
My background is in organisation development, leadership and strategy. It is a happy circumstance when I can combine this with a love of the outdoors and a particular interest in ornithology. An interest born of many hours spent on the Somerset levels in my youth, later as a BTO surveyor at the Spurn Head observatory and then in quiet periods on operations or exercises with the British Army.
Walking in the local countryside is a source of great pleasure, in a landscape formed and managed by generations of farmers and landowners. I delight in seeing hares, otters, bee orchids and peregrine falcons. However, in the twenty odd years I have lived here, I have seen fewer larks, yellow hammers, little owls, stoats and wildflowers. I have joined The LANCE Trust to help reverse the decline in habitats and biodiversity and act to increase carbon sequestration.
Pete Andresen, Trustee
I have a keen interest in the natural world and having spent much of his professional life
working at sea mapping the seabed and the shallow geology underneath, I now spend time
closer to home in Long Ashton helping with wildlife projects and community initiatives. In
addition to Lance Trust, I am involved with coppicing in Keeds Wood and producing
furniture from green wood on a pole lathe at Tyntesfield.
I am keenly aware of the loss of habitat and reduction in the numbers of birds and insects
due to changes in farming practices and want to be a positive influence on helping to reduce
this decline in the local area.