We’re excited to announce our latest round of grants awarded to the following grassroots projects protecting and restoring nature in Devon:
- Apprentice Academy: Funding the certification of a new Regenerative Agriculture apprenticeship qualification at the Apricot Centre, that will offer an invalubale combination of practical land-based training complemented by one day a week of classroom education to grow the next generation of regenerative farmers.
- River Wildlife Corridors & Beavers: A catchment scale project at key locations along the river Caen and its tributaries, to help the community release 10 pairs of beavers AND establish 50-70km (c. 300 hectares) of river wildlife corridors by planting or allowing trees to grow naturally along river banks – to reduce flood risk downstream in Braunton, enhance water quality, prevent soil erosion, sequester carbon, and increase biodiverse wildlife.
- Flete Field Lab: An innovative soil remediation project that aims to rewild soil and restore water quality on the Flete Estate using mycelium and biochar developed from local materials, discovering low-tech solutions to enhance soil and water quality that can be shared widely in Devon, UK, & beyond*.
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us, whether financially, or by sharing their time and expertise to help us to identify the projects that will bring about the greatest gains for nature in our beautiful county.
Since our launch twelve months ago, the DEF has supported a total of 15 grassroots projects to address the climate and nature emergencies in Devon, awarding more than £180,000 of grants.
However, the need for grants to regenerate nature in Devon greatly outweighs the funding we have. We would welcome any support that enables us to fund more transformative projects.
Meanwhile, if you know of a nature regeneration project that could benefit from a DEF grant, our application form is here.
Thank you for your invaluable support.
* A huge thanks also goes to the Devon Community Foundation for co-funding our Flete Field Lab project with a generous contribution of £5,000.