Marsdens Devon Cottages Raises Over £5,000 to Help Save North Devon’s Nature

Published: Friday 28th Jun 2019

Written by: Katie Bessant

It’s not just the locals who care about North Devon and want to maintain our world-class environment and the high quality of life we get from it. Our guests feel passionately about protecting our North Devon nature too!

We’re thrilled to announce that in the last year, we’ve raised over £5,000 for the natural environment through our initiative which asks customers at checkout to donate £1 towards our 2018 nominated charity, the North Devon Biosphere.

Oliver McCarron, North Devon Manager said: "Having a local office means that our team live locally and care deeply for the natural environment in North Devon. The generosity from our guests has been overwhelming and it’s clear that they are as passionate about the area as we are!".

The North Devon Biosphere has been designated by UNESCO’s ‘Man and the Biosphere Programme’ and includes all the land that drains into the Taw and Torridge rivers from the uplands of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the sea, as well as the offshore areas out to beyond Lundy. It is one of 668 Reserves in 122 countries and was the first of 6 to be designated in the UK. The designation secures a better future by linking people and nature today. A local partnership team is responsible for coordinating the management of the Biosphere Reserve on behalf of the constituent local authorities and stakeholders.

The 3-year Pledge for Nature! initiative aims to galvanise community action for nature’s recovery across the Biosphere area and will begin in Autumn 2019 once all the funds have been raised. The total cost is around £90,000 for which the bulk is being requested from the National Lottery Heritage Fund as well as a Crowdfunder to raise matching funds from the local community with a target of £10,000. So the amazing donation from Marsdens Devon Cottages equals 50% of the Crowdfunder target, and will be a key contribution to combatting the rapid declines in the quality of habitats and populations of some of the key species in North Devon.

Pledge for Nature! will spend the donations to

  • improve nature in pastures and arable land - benefiting wildflowers and insects and helping birds like cuckoos, barn owls and skylarks
  • plant more trees and woodlands and manage our hedges better – to help a myriad of wildlife and the fight against climate change
  • make gardens and public spaces more wildlife-friendly – so that butterflies and bees, hedgehogs and slow-worms can flourish
  • improve the quality of our rivers, streams and estuary - so they become thriving ecosystems, once more - full of salmon, seatrout, freshwater pearl mussels and other species

A massive thank you goes out to all their holiday home guests who kindly donated to this project.

Katie Bessant



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