During 2021 and 2022, the team has put aside any money made from the sale of plastic bags, collecting £2,430 to donate to a charity. Devon Environment Foundation was chosen for its commitment to supporting smaller projects in the South West region through awarding grants.
These range from a project to fund training for community analysts looking at water quality in local rivers, enabling a freshwater crayfish hatchery to help this endangered species, and engaging the community to survey for harvest mice whilst raising awareness of how landowners can help them. Grants have previously been awarded to initiatives including Plymouth Pesticide Awareness, South Hams Marine Life Rescue, East Devon Swales and Torbay Seabed Regeneration.
Amanda Keetley, Executive Director of Devon Environment Foundation said: “We’re very grateful to have Otter Garden Centre’s support. We directed their funds quickly to some innovative grassroots projects that required urgent support to kick-start or scale-up their positive impact for nature.
“Without the support of donors like Otter Garden Centres, we wouldn’t be able to support as many of the brilliant people delivering tangible nature-based solutions in Devon.”
To find out more about the sort of projects Otter Garden Centres’ donation will support, visit Devon Environment Foundation