Community support attracts Lottery funding for nature’s recovery in North Devon
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £68,100 to help nature’s recovery across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere. This follows a hugely successful community Crowdfunder for the Pledge for Nature! project earlier in the Summer, which raised an amazing £11,702 from 196 supporters. Additional funds have been provided by Marsdens Devon Cottages, Devon County Council and the North Devon Biosphere Foundation who will manage the project on behalf of the Biosphere Partnership.
“A key factor in the decision of the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support our project was the incredible supportfrom individuals, organisations and businesses for the ‘Pledge for Nature!’ Crowdfunder. This showed just how determined our community is to do something about the loss of nature in our area.” said Dr Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group. “The project will start in the late Autumn, aiming to galvanise community action to assist with nature’s recovery over the next 3 years, creating wilder areas in our farmland, gardens and greenspaceswhere nature can thrive once again.”
Pledge for Nature will enable everyone (farmers, householders, organisations, businesses) to do their bit for nature by joining calls to action to reverse some of the damage to our precious ecosystems from decades of intensive development and land use. This will include coordinated action to boost wildflowers, insects and birds, roll out tree planting and woodland creation and improve our river habitats, helping to safeguard our treasured and iconic North Devon species. This is not just good for nature, but also helps address climate change and is good for the economy. The project will be launched towards the end of the year.
Pledge Coordination Contract
Invitation to tender.
We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic contractor to coordinate the Pledge for Nature! project across the North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Further details here.
Bop for #StopAndSwap
The Plastic Free North Devon Consortium has begun a new campaign to encourage people to STOP using single-use plastics and SWAP to a sustainable, refillable, reusable or non-plastic alternative.
All the Partners involved will be sharing their short, snappy dance routine videos on social media. It is hoped that people will make and share their own videos using the hashtag #StopAndSwap. Over the next four months we will focus on a different item each month.