About Us

We are a charity based in Braintree, Essex commemorating the extraordinary life’s work of the ‘father of natural history’ John Ray. The Trust is working to promote wider awareness of Ray’s work and generate local pride in a real Essex science hero.

The Trust was established in 1986 to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of one of Ray’s most important works – his huge three volume ‘History of Plants’. These books laid the foundations of modern botany. Early work of the Trust included erecting a statue of John Ray in Braintree which now stands outside Braintree Museum and establishing a public garden which was opened by the late Sir David Bellamy.

Today the Trust undertakes a range of activities to widen awareness of John Ray and support current natural history work. We hope you enjoy finding out more about the Trust.

If you would like to support our work by getting involved in the Trust or our events, inviting us to talk to your group or school, or would like to make a donation please do not hesitate to contact us at johnraytrust@outlook.com

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