The John Ray Trust commemorates the life and achievements of John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, and his association with the Essex town of Braintree. The Trust is a registered charity (Number 294915) founded in 1986, the principal objectives being to advance the education of the public in the natural sciences and to promote increased awareness and appreciation of the work of John Ray.
Ray's industry, scholarly approach and triumph over adversity, make him an example which the Trust recognises by way of a worthy memorial in the form of Bursaries and Scholarships in the earth and life sciences. These are awarded to young students and those working on relevant projects. Special emphasis and support is given towards work enhancing environmental awareness. The Trust also underakes a number of projects within the Braintree District and more widely to promote awareness of John Ray's work and the natural sciences.