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Charities We Support

Nick and Elena support the following charities personally or through the Consano Earth Fund:

 
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Rewilding Britain is a UK charity that articulates well the principles of rewilding and its benefits and how it is much more than reversing biodiversity loss.

Their vision is for 30% of land and sea to be restored by nature by 2030 (more on this and their Rewilding Network here).

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Heal was set up in March 2020 to respond to the biodiversity emergency and has an ambition of owning a landscape-scale rewilding site in every English county starting with the south east. Nick joined as a Lifetime Founder of Heal in 2020.


Nick has assisted Heal in some of its financial planning, helped secure some corporate financing as well being involved with the film "Deserves to Bloom" that was made by leading director Robbie Sloan to raise money for the charity.

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Project Seagrass is an environmental charity devoted to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems through education, influence, research and action. 


Seagrass meadows are able to store carbon dioxide, which contributes to global heating, at a rate 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. The plant’s ability to remove this gas from the atmosphere makes it a vital tool in fighting the climate crisis. Seagrass currently cover just 0.2% of the seafloor, it absorbs 10% of the ocean’s carbon each year.

At least 35% of seagrasses worldwide have been lost or degraded over the past 40 years. It is estimated at least 44% of the UK’s seagrass has been lost since 1936 – most of it since the 1980s. But when coastal areas were modelled to where they were likely to have been suitable for seagrass, as much as 92% of it might have disappeared.

Project Seagrass is undertaking critical research to address the significant lack of data in UK on seagrass generally and has a growing number of restoration projects throughout the UK.

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Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) was founded in 2009 by 12 philanthropists and conservationists with the goal to stop illegal logging of the woodlands around the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. FCC wish to protect a significant surface of Carpathian forests in form of a completely protected area for future generations. This is achieved by purchasing land and leasing hunting rights for full protection of all natural elements with private and public money. As of mid 2021 FCC have purchased over 25,000 hectares and aim to purchase an additional 10,000 hectares by 2025. They have already reintroduced bison to the region and will start bringing back beavers in late 2021.


Carpathia has a personal connection for us given Elena's home town of Cugir is only a few hours away from the heart of the FCC project.

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WildEast is on a mission to return 250,000 hectares in the East Anglia region to nature. WildEast’s three founding trustees, Hugh Somerleyton, Oliver Birkbeck and Argus Hardy are all East Anglians. They want everyone in the area to take the pledge and return 20% of whatever they have to nature whether that be urban pathways, village greens, churchyards or parts of farmers' fields. Initiatives like this are crucial to complementing focused rewilding areas creating all important nature corridors.

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The Marine Conservation Society is a UK-wide community of ocean lovers all working together towards a vision of a sea full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive. They support projects for cleaner, healthier and better protected oceans whilst producing some fantastic educational material for example on the what is so special about seagrass.

Nick and Elena became Ocean Guardian Joint Life Members in 2020.

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The John Muir Trust is a community focused conservation charity dedicated to the experience, protection and repair of wild places across the UK.

Founded in 1983, they care for over 60,000 acres of some of the finest wild places in the UK, including Ben Nevis, Helvellyn and Sandwood Bay. 


Nick became a Bronze Level Trust Partner in 2020.

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The vision of the Kent Wildlife Trust is to make the Garden of England a wilder place. This means wilder towns and cities, wilder woodlands and grasslands, wilder rivers and wilder coasts and seas.


Nick grew up in Kent so is familiar with a lot of the places where KWT is doing great work.