The Naturesave Trust – July Update

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The Naturesave Trust has been busy over the past couple of months, keeping in touch with all of our successful applicants and finding out about their progress and we are delighted to say that we have been able to release funding for another six projects.

Community Food Initiatives – North East

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE),a social enterprise improves health and well-being, contributes to regeneration, increases employability and creates employmentin and with disadvantaged and excluded geographical and interest communities by promoting fruit, veg, pulses, healthy snacks consumption and encouraging and supporting volunteering which brings a range of personal, family and community benefits. The Naturesave Trust providing funding towards helping the food reach the end consumer.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Naturesave Trust provided funding to the Dorset Wildlife Trust towards their ‘Saving Dorset’s Bats’ project, which has allowed the Trust to purchase 50 bat boxes which will enable Dorset Wildlife Trust to carry out vital wildlife conservation work.

Findhorn Foundation
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community and eco village committed to working in harmony with nature to create thriving, abundant eco systems. They also strive to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet by reducing the carbon they use and increase their sustainability, whilst inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. The Naturesave Trust pledged funding towards create their Park Edible Landscape on a piece of previously derelict land.

Great Oaks School

Great Oaks Small School is a small independent (secondary) day school in a semi-rural site, in converted farm buildings on the outskirts of Minster in Kent. The school is for students who may have specific learning difficulties, have experienced emotional or physical trauma or have missed significant periods of education. The Naturesave Trust has provided funding towards a pond with a dipping platform to further enhance the students’ outdoor education.

The Kindling Trust – Farmstart Manchester

The Naturesave Trust provided funding towards FarmStart Manchester, the UK’s first farm incubator initiative, aiming to make the route into farming easier. Access to land, capital and mentoring are huge barriers to starting out on a farming career and FarmStart could be an answer!

The Kindling Trust launched FarmStart Manchester in March 2013 in partnership with Abbey Leys Farm. FarmStart is an incubator farm for new growers to trial their farming business ideas in a low-risk setting. This scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, though it has proven a great success in North America.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary operates a comprehensive facility for the care & rehabilitation of owls and Birds of Prey from the region, and the promotion of owl conservation throughout the UK and beyond. The Naturesave Trust provided funding towards the materials and equipment to build nesting boxes to help the dwindling population of barn owls.

We are also delighted to report that the Scottish Seabird Centre have sent us a link to a burrow camera, spying on a young puffin family on the Isle of May.