Environmental News

Garden for wildlife – Spring into action

Speckled Wood butterfly, Brentor

Sir David Attenborough recently told the BBC that “The truth is that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet and the situation is getting worse.”

What better way to combat this than to turn your garden into a wildlife haven?  Devon Wildlife Trust has some brilliant material to help you do this, they say that there are an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK and the way these are cared for can make a big difference to wildlife.  Large or small, lawn or courtyard, our gardens provide a patchwork of green spaces for wildlife. Even small things such as leaving a small pile of logs in a shady corner, using old sinks and buckets as a pond or saying no to peat compost can all make a difference!
Click here to find a wildlife gardening guide and a meadow leaflet by the Wildlife Trust.

Green Recovery Challenge Fund: Round 2 – Deadline 14 April 2021 (£50,000 to £250,000)
The second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will award up to £40 million in grants to environmental charities and their partners across England to create and retain jobs while restoring nature and tackling climate change.  The funding is being delivered by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity.  Projects are expected to create or retain jobs and must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • nature conservation and restoration
  • nature-based solutions to tackle climate change such as changes to land use and habitat improvements
  • connecting people with nature

The funding can be used for both capital and revenue costs.
Click here to find out more.

Click here to see West Devon Borough Council’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Newsletter – April 2021