Source to Sea testing program set to monitor and improve water quality of the River Dart

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The Naturesave Trust has proudly approved a grant to support the Source to Sea testing programme initiated by Friends of the Dart, the largest grant ever awarded by the charity. The grant marks the beginning of a long-term funding partnership between the two organisations. 

Since 1995, the Naturesave Trust has provided over £1.1 million in grants to grassroots organisations that often struggle to find funding. The organisation supports initiatives that align with its core values of sustainability and environmental conservation; and the recent grant awarded to Friends of the Dart exemplifies the Trust’s dedication to empowering local environmental efforts by offering longer term support.

The Trust is 100% funded by the activities of Naturesave Insurance, the UK’s leading green and ethical insurance company. Naturesave Insurance will be proudly supporting Friends of the Dart through team volunteering efforts.

Friends of the Dart is a community-driven force dedicated to the health and vitality of the River Dart ecosystem. They are honoured to be selected as a recipient of the Naturesave Trust’s grant funding for their Source to Sea testing programme. The programme is an ambitious undertaking designed to assess water quality throughout the entire span of the River Dart, from its origin to the estuary. Friends of the Dart have tested water quality at ten spots along the river over the past six months. The data is enabling them to have meaningful conversations with their stakeholders about the need for change. This comprehensive initiative will generate valuable data essential for understanding and mitigating environmental challenges, ensuring the long-term resilience of the river ecosystem.

Hannah Pearson, CEO of Friends of the Dart, expressed her gratitude for the support from the Naturesave Trust: “We are thrilled to have the backing of Naturesave Trust to fund a proportion of our Source to Sea testing programme. This grant validates the importance of our work and enables us to expand our efforts in safeguarding the River Dart. Securing these funds allows us to start this test programme in January. Together with Naturesave Trust, we are taking meaningful steps towards evidencing and improving the water quality of the River Dart for future generations.”

Claire Humphreys, Director of Naturesave Insurance says: “We are delighted to support Friends of the Dart through our charity The Naturesave Trust to improve the water quality of the River Dart. This important and necessary project is the recipient of the largest grant ever awarded by the Trust and the ongoing funding partnership furthers our commitment to grassroots environmental causes and local conservation efforts.“

The Friends of the Dart Source to Sea testing programme is a comprehensive initiative designed to assess the water quality of the entire span of the River Dart, from its origin to the estuary. This programme aims to generate valuable data essential for understanding and mitigating environmental challenges, ensuring the long-term resilience of the river ecosystem.

The grant from the Naturesave Trust underscores the organisation’s commitment to collaborative conservation efforts and community-driven initiatives. By partnering with Friends of the Dart, The Naturesave Trust continues to support the power of local action for global impact.

Friends of the Dart is a community interest company advocating for the River Dart. You can learn more about their work here.