We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported us since our launch just over six months ago – whether financially, through sharing time and expertise, or making introductions – your backing has been invaluable and helped us get off to a flying start!
We’ve supported nine local nature regeneration projects to date, awarding more than £120,000 of grants.
Here are some highlights from our first six months…
• Enabling a pioneering off-shore seaweed farming trial to prove the environmental, economic, and community benefits of off-shore kelp farming in Devon and Cornwall, aiming to help it scale along the UK coast.
• Collaborating with the Devon Wildlife Trust and the Beaver Trust to build on the success of the River Otter beavers project.
• Connecting with with key contacts in the nature-friendly farming sphere, forming several partnerships to deliver regenerative agriculture projects around the county.
• Supporting grassroots meadows and wildlife projects to help them scale their geographical impact and inspire more communities to give more space back to nature.
• Backing a plastic pollution clean-up scheme that clears plastic from hard-to-reach areas of rivers, estuaries, and coastline, while engaging the community and eco-tourists on plastic waste prevention.
In 2021 we have ambitious plans to scale our fundraising to enable more individuals and businesses to give back to nature in Devon, and to support a wide array of imaginative projects that deliver Nature-based Solutions across the county.
The need for grants that restore nature in Devon greatly outweighs the funding we currently have, so please do support us if you can.
If you know of a project that could benefit from a DEF grant, our application form is here.
Many thanks for your invaluable support!
‘Why Meadows Matter’ with Stephen Moss – Wed 3rd February, 730 pm
One of our grantees, Moor Meadows, is hosting this free online event where Stephen Moss, one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers, will explore the key role wildflower meadows play in helping to revive our natural world.