The Trust and the Garden and all its projects and teaching are run according to the spiritual philosophy of Stephen Cox. This is especially so with regards to what might be termed 'Conservation' wherein which an inner core of his fundamental principles may be found.
Taking the philosophy and teachings of Stephen Cox as its lead the Trust believes that:
o Nature and Humans can co-exist in a mutually beneficial manner which enhances their mutual condition and potential.
o That all existence on Earth is interdependent and part of a wondrous composition which is an indivisible whole.
o That caring for Nature and other creatures can improve the human condition- including its mental well-being, morality and spiritual attainment.
o That the destruction, damage and degradation of the environment as well as habitat and species must be halted and repaired and reversed.
o That any damage to the environment or other creatures is also an assault on the integrity of humanity.
o That all humans should be taught from an early age about the rights and needs of other creatures and of the importance of the health and diversity of Nature and the Environment.
o That we should encourage each other to live in as ecological, bio-friendly, non-destructive, and sustainable a manner as is possible
o That we as humans have a sacred duty to protect, cherish, and enhance the environment and other creatures.
o That all life, all creatures, and all Nature and its environment/ landscapes, eco-systems, habitats etc are sacred.
The Policy of the Trust with regards to wildlife, the environment etc shall be as follows:
o To garden in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.
o To enrich its extant habitats for other creatures and increase the quantity and range of habitats and create new ones
o To extend the range of species living in and visiting the garden.
o To have a policy on the rights of other creatures.
o To have a policy regarding treatment of wildlife during gardening/teaching/visits.
o To reduce use of all non-organic materials and garden in as organic a manner as possible.
o To undertake extensive composting and also to continually enrich the soil by organic means.
o To increase the range of native and wild flora and fauna.
o To maintain records of species and undertake wildlife audits from time to time.
o To communicate our values of love, respect, protection and enhancement of landscape, environment, bio-diversity and wildlife to our students, volunteers and visitors.
o And the same to the general public.
o To undertake activities, publications/articles, events, workshops etc for students and local people in pursuit of this policy.
o To encourage the protection and improvement of: the landscape, bio-diversity, environment, together with wildlife and habit of the local area in this part of North Wiltshire.