Co-op Local Community Fund assists Devon charities

Laura White
Laura White
Julia Oliver, chair of Wellmoor`s Allotment Committee, with Peter Turner and Tim receiving a cheque from Greg Brown, the popular local Co-op store manager

At a ceremony on 19th November, the Moretonhampstead Development Trust, Wellmoor`s parent charity, was one of three beneficiaries of the local Co-op Local Community Fund.

Julia said: “This incredible Co-op donation will go towards allotment running costs such as seeds, tools, equipment and finishing our greenhouse. We will use the money to help fund an exciting program of talks and events next year, which we hope will bring together all the generations of Moretonhampstead’ s community.

‘The local Co-op has been amazing, not just with this donation, but also with the team from the store helping the project start to clear weeds, plastic and waste over a whole day! A big thank you to everyone who has donated their points and a heartfelt and genuine thank you to everyone in Moretonhampstead who has helped in getting us this funding.”

More information about the Community Allotment, which is a social and educational hub as well as a place for growing produce, from or 01647 440775

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is another organisation that has benefited from the latest round of funding from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

Shoppers at Co-op Liverton, Co-op Petrol Bovey Tracey and Co-op Bovey Tracey Fore Street helped raise more than £7,000 for the charity in the last 12 months.

Every time members shop at Co-op stores across the country, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live.

DPHT Chairman Malcolm Snelgrove and CEO Dru Butterfield being presented with a cheque

Liverton store manager Matt Evans said: “We support a diverse range of charities and it’s a fantastic amount that has been raised this year that allows us to support our local communities.”

Malcolm Snelgrove, chair of the DPHT collected the cheque on behalf of the charity at the Liverton Branch. He commented: “The DPHT is dedicated to securing the future of the Dartmoor pony on Dartmoor and promoting our inclusive education and conservation programmes. This is a fantastic amount to receive and it will directly benefit the local community.”

The funding will enable the DPHT to provide pupils at Bovey Tracey Primary School with either their parents, grandparents or guardians, the opportunity to take part in a guided free walk at Bellever on Dartmoor which is managed by the charity, or to visit the Dartmoor Pony Education and Visitor Centre at Parke.

It will also provide a 50% subsidy towards the cost of coach travel to Bellever for Key Stage 2 children. Key Stage 1 pupils will be able to attend the visitor centre after Easter. The funding begins with a number of informative assemblies for pupils explaining the benefit of the Dartmoor pony and its connection to the Dartmoor landscape.

The charity’s CEO Dru Butterfield said: “The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust works tirelessly to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage.

‘It’s wonderful that we will be able to bring so many young people to Dartmoor and we hope that we’ll be able to encourage them to become custodians of our precious landscapes, and learn more about the crucial role played by the Dartmoor pony.”

To find out more about the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, please visit

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