About Us

Who We Are

World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity that takes action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats through land purchase and conservation projects.

WLT works closely with overseas partners to create nature reserves to protect threatened habitats and the species they contain. Since its founding in 1989, WLT has purchased and protected nearly half a million acres, with a further two million acres under protection agreements. These are real acres in real places, protected in perpetuity.


WLT’s patrons are Sir David Attenborough, David Gower OBE and Chris Packham, all of whom have a lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation. They passionately support the trust, and their active engagement has introduced the work of the trust to a wider audience.

John Burton is WLT’s Chief Executive. John has more than 30 years’ experience in international conservation. Before establishing the World Land Trust, John worked for Fauna & Flora International, where he was Chief Executive for 12 years. In 1989, John, together with his wife Viv, founded the charity that was to become World Land Trust. Since then John has worked tirelessly to further the Trust’s mission.


World Land Trust takes advice and guidance from its Council. Members of WLT Council have in-depth experience and understanding of conservation and issues likely to affect the Trust. WLT Council members include broadcaster Bill Oddie, journalist and author Simon Barnes, and zoologist Mark Carwardine. Find out more.