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The David Hoyle Foundation


David lived in Crondall, near Farnham in Surrey, and was an internationally recognised social scientist who devoted his life to protecting African forests and natural ecosystems for the biodiversity they harbour; for the indigenous people and communities that depend on them; and to secure their vital role in mitigating dangerous climate change for the benefit of the whole planet.

He was tragically killed on the morning of the 6th June 2017, when a tree fell on his car close to home.

David’s passion for Africa and career in conservation was inspired by a school field trip to Malawi, followed by volunteering and working for VSO in Zimbabwe and Zambia. He spent and enjoyed many years of his life living and working in Cameroon where he met his wife and many friends. His time spent living “village life” was particularly important in helping him understand and offer real support to meet human needs.


The David Hoyle Foundation (DHF) work will focus on areas (see objectives below) that further the personal and professional interests and legacy of our beloved David Hoyle. We also want to honour David by adopting his participatory approach to the identification, formulation and implementation of all of the fund’s initiatives.


The foundation has been established in order to continue the good work of David Hoyle and ensure a long lasting legacy in Crondall (UK), Nguti (Cameroon) and within the conservation and community development world.


  • Support future generations of conservationists, from school age by re-introducing environmental education into primary and secondary schools in Crondall and Nguti
  • Raise the awareness of conservation and global warming by funding university scholarships for students focused on environmental studies
  • Provide scholarships to university students whose expertise will lead to concrete development outcome for Nguti
Capital Investments:
  • Finance essential capital projects, with priority sectors to include health, education, agriculture, water, hygiene and sanitation
Sustainable Agriculture:
  • Provide agricultural extension training, equipment and services according to best practices for sustainability
Building Bonds:
  • Build upon the bond between Nguti and Crondall by focusing on exchange visits between the two villages

Charitable Status

The David Hoyle Foundation was granted Charitable Status by the UK's Charities Commission in the Spring of 2018. 

Our registered UK Charity Number: 1177533.

Trustees and officers

While The David Hoyle Foundation has many supporters in the UK, Cameroon and around the world, it is administerd by members of David's family, friends and former collegues.

Vist our "Trustees and Officers" page for more information.

UK Charity Number: 1177533.

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