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The Naturesave Trust has funded hundreds of individual projects, including renewable energy initiatives, wildlife conservation and management, recycling projects and sustainable transport projects.
Here is a selection of projects recently funded by the Trust:
Our conservation projects are designed to protect wildlife, improve biodiversity and to improve knowledge and appreciation of the natural world through education
A small charity in northeast Scotland dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins & porpoises through scientific investigation & monitoring, environmental education, and the provision of a 24-hr veterinary service for sick, injured and stranded cetaceans
Cotswold Water Park Reserves Restoration – The project aims to enhance the biodiversity and public access to the nature reserves at Whelford Pools SSSI and Roundhouse Lake SSSI, providing marginal and open water habitats for many important species including Cetti’s Warbler, Great Crested Grebe, Water Rail and Lapwing.
The Sylva Foundation is an environmental charity working nationwide to ensure Britain’s woodlands thrive for people and nature, and to encourage the innovative use of the sustainable products they produce. Naturesave helped to support the creation of a small community orchard planted with native fruit and nut trees.
Social Enterprise Projects
These projects have a strong social dimension and a focused improving outcomes for communities or disadvantaged groups. Projects also often include a sustainable bias.Based in Exmoor in North Devon, this centre helps disabled people to achieve their potential through the challenge of adventurous activities in the countryside. The Naturesave Trust provided a grant towards the installation of a 199kw biomass boiler which now provides the centre with all its hot water and central heating needs. This investment replaces an oil fired boiler, reducing both costs and emissions
A local social enterprise which believes that the more people cycling, the better it is for everyone. It wants to make electric bicycles accessible to anyone willing to use one for their commute to work, and when out and about. Funding from the Naturesave Trust will enable the purchase of 3 e-bikes, and double the scheme, from 3 bikes to 6. By renting out these bicycles for a minimal monthly fee, Fizz Bikes hopes to demonstrate to local organisations and business that e-bikes are a viable alternative to the car, and engage with them to financially subsidise the scheme.
A project recycling unwanted bikes refurbished by inmates of HMP Bristol and then offered for sale to those on low incomes. The project helps prisoners to learn new skills and work towards qualifications. It also offers low cost and sustainable transport options for local people.
Community Renewable Grants
The community renewable energy model helps communities reduce CO2 emissions, combat fuel poverty, improve energy security, improve community cohesion and create local jobs. The Trust seeks to help communities access these benefits, in particular, those that do not have the initial start up capital to undertake all the preliminary work to get to the planning stage. This also helps the community to retain as much control as possible over the operating income, once the project has been successful.South Dartmoor Community Energy is a not for profit community benefit society, which aims to help local communities become more energy efficient, and to get involved in, and benefit from, renewable energy projects. The recently launched energy advice team will be delivering an extensive programme of outreach activity across South Devon, to help reduce fuel poverty and encourage people to engage in the world of energy and its various sources.
Non-for-profit co-operative developing the UK’s first community-owned solar PV installation on a closed landfill site in Herefordshire. This will be a 1MW solar array, providing sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 165 homes
Jamie’s Farm transforms the lives of vulnerable urban children between the ages of 11-16 by providing a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ during an intensive week of living and working on a farm. At the new site in Hereford, the Trust has contributed towards the installation of a biomass boiler to provide all the space heating and hot water, as well as additional related activities for the children in the form of coppicing and log chopping.
Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs)
The Naturesave Trust continues to fund Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs) for Naturesave’s commercial customers, helping small and medium sized enterprises to become more sustainable in their trading practice. Additionally, the Trust has funded many projects including biomass, wind, hydro and solar.
Tree Planting Programme
The Naturesave Trust has also set up a ‘Naturesave Grove‘ of native trees in the Caledonian Forest in Scotland, planting a tree as a gift for every Naturesave household policy holder who has been a client for 10 years or more, as a thank you for continued support. For more information, please visit our Trees For Life page, or visit the Trees for Life website.
For more detail on a selection of projects the Trust has funded in 2016/17, see here – Naturesave Trust Leaflet. We also have a full list of all the projects that The Naturesave Trust has helped fund over the years. The scope of projects submitted to the Trust is very broad and we hope that these projects are the type of projects you feel we should be supporting. Perhaps there is a project close to your heart which you would like us to help fund? If so, please send us a completed application form. Contact Naturesave.
The Naturesave Trust is a registered charity no. 1048505