A project which links the work of Devon Wildlife Trust and cafe company the Venus Company, under the banner of the Venus Beach Wildlife Fund, comes to an end this month.
The Venus Company, which has cafes at a number of popular Westcountry beaches have given Devon Wildlife Trust £5,000 a year for the past five years and presented a giant cheque of £25,000 to the charity to mark the end of the five-year project.
The money has been raised through the company’s Visitor Payback Scheme, where 5p has been added to the price of cups of tea and ice-cream flakes sold at the cafes, with all the money going to the Venus Beach Wildlife Fund.
Devon Wildlife Trust has worked with 263 members of the public and 1341 school children providing marine themed activities and training. They have worked with schools – both in the classroom and out on the beaches – and also delivered public events such as rockpool rambles, beach cleans and bird box building events.
On Monday March 21 an event at Bigbury-on-Sea with St Christopher’s School – a local primary school based in Staverton, near Totnes took place to mark the end of the project. The school, which has supported the Venus Beach Wildlife Fund project since the beginning, took Prep 4 class to the beach for a range of activities and some rockpooling.
(image: Michael Smith, managing director of the Venus Company presenting Paul Gompertz with a cheque for £25,000)