Privacy and Data Protection

Privacy Policy

At People Need Nature, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy

This Policy sets out our data collection and processing practices, the conditions under which we may disclose it, and your options regarding the ways in which your personal information is used.

We may update this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to or writing to Miles King at People Need Nature, 91 South Court Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2DA

The Policy refers to People Need Nature. It also covers the mailchimp email newsletter subscription list held by People Need Nature.

Our data protection lead is Miles King.

This policy was last updated in May 2018.


Data protection

We will never share your information with another organisation and we will never sell your information for any reason whatsoever.

Be assured that we will always endeavour to be clear, honest and transparent with you about the information we collect, and wherever practical will ask your specific consent.


When do we collect information about you?

When you give it to us directly via a website form, email, phone, letter, or in person.

You may give us your personal data when you join an email list or contact us via email, phone, letter or in person.

When you visit our website

We don’t collect personal data and we don’t use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

If you would like to learn more about cookies, please visit the ICO website here.

You can also find out about cookies  on this website.

If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by a website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘help’ function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies. Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact on the functionality of our website.


What type of information is collected from you?

Typically we will ask for your name and email address, when you sign up to our e-newsletter. If you email, phone or write to us, we will also hold data on your email and postal address and phone number.

If you attend a People Need Nature event it is possible that your photograph may be taken. If you object to a photograph of you being reproduced, please let us know.

If you have made a donation to People Need Nature and agree to Gift Aid that donation, we must record the fact that you are a UK tax payer and we have to maintain a record of the amount of Gift Aid we have collected.


For what purposes do we collect information about you?

The overview below summarises the different reasons why we may collect and use your data. We may not use your personal information for all of these purposes, it will depend on the nature of your relationship with us, and how you interact with People Need Nature:

  1. Campaigning, promotion and fundraising: Our main communications are to update you on the latest developments of our projects and campaigns and we may invite you to participate in activities such as events, competitions, polls, surveys and actions. The vast majority of our promotional activities are focused on promoting the aims and objectives of People Need Nature’s projects and campaigns. Occasionally we will also ask for donations (and if you are willing and able to Gift Aid them so that we can increase the value of donations by reclaiming tax), promote crowdfunding or offer items for sale, to support particular objectives or activities. We might ask you for feedback on, for example, an event you have attended or a publication you have downloaded; and we might tell you about other events or publications that we think might be of interest to you. In general these communications will be by email.
  2. Delivery of core charitable services: Delivery of our core charitable activities may require the recording of our beneficiaries’ contact details, their eligibility for our charitable services, records of financial transactions and communications.
  3. Volunteering for People Need Nature: If you volunteer with us we may need to use your personal information to manage your volunteering activities, deliver training, update you on our projects and campaigns and to ensure your safety. This may include sending you invitations to events, information about our work and requests to feedback on your experience volunteering with us.
  4. Staff administration: We process the personal information of our employees for recruitment, staff administration, remuneration, pensions and performance management purposes.


On what lawful grounds do we process your personal information?

  • Information is processed on the basis of an individual’s consent.
  • Information is processed in line with a contractual relationship.
  • Information is processed on the basis of legitimate interest.

We may also share your personal information when we are compelled to do so by a legal authority acting in compliance with the law.


We will only send promotional material by email to those who have given consent, usually to send you updates on our projects and campaigns. Occasionally, for some of our projects, our promotional material may – for example – invite you to an event, or ask for a donation.

Where you give us consent to process your data we will always keep a clear record of how and when this consent was obtained. You can withdraw your consent at any time, or request that all your personal data be deleted by emailing

Contractual relationships

Most interactions with our supporters and beneficiaries are voluntary and not contractual. However, sometimes it will be necessary to process personal information so that we can enter contractual relationships with people. For example, if you apply for employment or to volunteer with us.

Legitimate interests

Applicable law allows personal information to be collected and used if it is reasonably necessary for our legitimate activities (as long as its use is fair, balanced and does not unduly impact individuals’ rights). We will always work to these principles to process your personal data, including on the unusual occasion when it is not practical or appropriate to ask for explicit consent.

What are People Need Nature’s legitimate interests?


  • Delivery of our charitable purpose:
  1. a) To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity, and
  2. b) To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.
  • Reporting criminal acts and compliance with the legal instructions of law enforcement agencies.
  • Internal and external audit for financial or regulatory compliance purpose.
  • Reporting to our funders and statutory bodies.

Publicity and income generation:

  • Unsolicited commercial or non-commercial messages, including campaigns, income generation or charitable fundraising.
  • Personalisation to tailor and enhance the supporter experience in our digital and postal communications.
  • Exercise of the right to freedom of expression or information.
  • Analysis and tailoring of communications to develop fundraising strategy and improve communications.
  • Processing for research purposes.
  • Understanding better our beneficiaries and supporters, including the use of publicly available information.

Operational management:

  • Employee and volunteer recording and monitoring for recruitment, safety, performance management or workforce planning purposes.
  • Provision and administration of staff benefits such as pensions.
  • Physical security, IT and network security.
  • Maintenance of ‘do not contact’ lists.
  • Processing for historical, research or statistical purposes.

Financial management and control:

  • Processing of financial transactions and maintaining financial controls (noting that we do not hold personal financial information, except for some personal financial information of employees to enable, for example, salary and pension payments).
  • Prevention of fraud, misuse of services, or money laundering.
  • Enforcement of legal claims.

Purely administrative purposes:

  • Responding to enquiries.
  • Delivery of requested products, resources or information.
  • Administration of financial transactions.
  • Administration of Gift Aid.
  • Providing ‘thank you’ communications and receipts.
  • Maintaining ‘do not contact’ lists.

When we use your personal information, we will always consider if it is fair and balanced to do so and whether it would be within your reasonable expectations that we would use your data in this way.

We will balance your rights and our legitimate interests to ensure that the way in which we use your data never goes beyond what you would expect and is not unduly intrusive or unfair.


Do we store your financial details?

People Need Nature does not store your financial detais. The only exception is if you are a People Need Nature employee – and then only for specific purposes such as payment of salary and pension.


Do we collect data about children?

Our website and other communications are targeted at persons over the age of 16. If we have reason to believe that we hold personal data of a person under that age in our databases, we will delete that personal data. In exceptional circumstances we may store the name and limited personal information about a child under the age of 16, for example to identify them in a photograph or to fulfil our safeguarding and health and safety obligations. We will treat such limited information with all due care and respect and in line with our relevant policies and procedures covering such circumstances.


How long will we keep your data?

Unless still required in connection with the purpose(s) for which it was collected – such as for a campaign or project email newsletter list – we will usually remove your personal information from our records ten years after the date it was collected. However, if you or your organisation works with People Need Nature, or you are linked to a People Need Nature member organisation, we may keep your personal information on record for longer. This exception usually applies to journalists, policy-makers, researchers, industry contacts and people working in the not-for-profit sector.

If you ask us to stop sending you emails or other forms of communication, we will keep your name on our internal suppression list (a ‘do not contact’ list) to ensure that you are not contacted again.

If you exercise your ‘right of erasure’, we will remove your personal information completely and immediately.


Is your personal information secure and who can access it?

We will only ever publish or share your data with your clear and informed consent.

We endeavour to ensure that there are appropriate and proportionate technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, destruction, misuse, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of or access to your personal information.

Your information is only accessible by appropriately trained staff and volunteers, who agree to abide by this policy.

What are your rights?

Where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This includes the right to be unsubscribed from our email list at any time. You also have the following rights:

  • Right to be informed – you have the right to be told how your personal information will be used.
  • Right of access – you can ask what information we hold on you and to request a copy.
  • Right of erasure – you can request that all your personal information is deleted from our records.
  • Right of rectification – if you believe our records of your personal information are inaccurate, you have the right to ask for those records to be updated.
  • Right to restrict processing – you have the right to ask for processing of your personal data to be restricted if there is disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
  • Right to data portability – you may ask us to provide your information to you – or another service provider – in a machine-readable format.

To exercise these rights, please send a description of the information in question to You can unsubscribe from our email list via mailchimp.

To make a complaint about the way we have processed your data to the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) please see the guidance at The contact details of the ICO can be found here:


Does this policy cover third party websites?

No, this Policy does not cover external websites and services that we link to and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites or services.


Where can you update your information?

Generally you can check the personal data we hold about you, and update it via mailchimp as that is the where our email subscription list is managed.

Where can you find further information?

For further information please email or write to:

People Need Nature, 91 South Court Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2DA.