The Justin Smith Foundation is committed to championing the ‘Forgotten Kingdom’ of fungi, lichens and lower plants. There is a marked “knowledge gap” regarding the numbers of fungi specialists, and our Foundation’s aim is to narrow that gap. In partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust (Registered Charity No. 280422) we endeavour to introduce this fascinating world to all those who are interested, especially any budding young mycologists through classes and workshops and forays, books and films. For more information get in touch.
The Foundation was created by Justin’s widow Lucy, in memory of Justin Smith who died suddenly from heart complications in March 2014 at the age of 46. Justin was Bristol City Council’s woodland and wildlife officer, and an expert mycologist, botanist, lichenologist and bryophyte specialist highly regarded for his training programmes and fun fungi forays. He featured on local radio, BBC TV and radio and advised numerous relevant organisations with his expert knowledge, including Avon Wildlife Trust, British Mycology Society, Woodland Trust, Kew and countless more.
Justin Smith Foundation has set up a Bursary to help with education-related costs for budding young mycologists wishing to develop their fungi knowledge. Get in touch to find out how to apply.