Devon Environment Foundation

The Devon Environment Foundation is a UK branch of the Conservation Collective, a global network of locally-focused environmental foundations. The DEF protects and restores nature in Devon by chanelling funds to local nature regeneration projects, and projects that reconnect people with nature.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1185925)

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  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


We have created climate and nature emergencies. Since 1970, the UK has seen 41% of species decline, making it one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Devon traditionally enjoyed an abundance of rural and coastal wildlife, but intensive agriculture, fishing and tourism have led to degraded soils, flooding, pollution, erosion, poor water quality, plastic pollution, and loss of habitat and biodiversity; while local people, especially the young, have become disconnected with nature.


Devon is the perfect place to test and scale Nature-based Solutions to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies. It’s one of the largest, least densely populated counties in Britain. With two shores, two moors, and swathes of green inbetween, there are an abundance of opportunities for nature regeneration and nature reconnection that are not yet being maximised. DEF strategically directs funds to the most effective grassroots nature regeneration projects to help them scale their impact.

  • Everywhere you look there are brilliant people working to create positive environmental change. Small amounts of funding, strategically directed, can supercharge this work. We aim to showcase what 30% for nature looks like in Devon to help the UK government reach its national commitment by 2030.

    — Ben Goldsmith, Founder of the Conservation Collective

  • The overarching goal of the DEF is to connect the funders with the ‘doers’ – providing a conduit for those who want to get more involved in protecting and restoring land, river, and marine ecosystems with those who are doing great work on the ground.

    — Mitch Tonks, Chef and Restaurateur of Rockfish, and Co-Founder of the DEF