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Since it’s foundation, the ACA – an environmental conservation charity focussed on the South Hams’ Avon – has depended exclusively upon limited funds generated by our lifetime membership subscription (only £20 for a family!), occasional charitable donations and money raised through social events. However, our limited income has always somewhat restricted our activities.  So, we applied and have been accepted to be a beneficiary of the new SHDC-sponsored Sea Moor Lotto, which aims to help a variety of local causes.    Now, we need the support of at least 50 donors to derive the maximum benefit from the lottery.  Please help by going to our lotto webpage by typing the following address into your internet search engine: and making a donation.  Look out for the logo – thank you!

Our existing funds are spent upon such activities as: arranging educational workshops for local schools e.g. on South Efford Marsh; organising expert talks on topics of interest (e.g. micro-plastic pollution, water mills of the Avon); supporting the Avon Patrol to prevent unlawful water-based activities such as speeding boats and associated environmental damage in the estuary; participating in the South Devon Catchment Partnership; and organising the Devon Avon Group to improve both the quality and quantity of river water from moor to sea.  However, we’d like to do more with these initiatives and others to help the public enjoy the unspoilt and idyllic environment of our wonderful river and estuary.   For example, with adequate funding, we could arrange for regular independent testing of river water quality (several sewage treatment works discharge into the Avon and phosphate levels below Loddiswell are too high), do more to help the Avon Patrol and, maybe, even improve the Avon Estuary ferry from Cockleridge (Bigbury) to Bantham harbour, which forms an important but under-used link in the SW Coastal Path.

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The ACA recently donated £800 to Maya Plass (Learn to Sea) to set up an after-school class at Aveton Gifford primary school to introduce the youngsters to some of the delights of the river and its estuary (integrating land and sea – see POST of 30 Jan 2010 on this site).  This donation was one of our periodic John Crawford Environmental Awards.  Maya made some video clips of the children at work which can be viewed by following this link to her U-Tube site –

Integrating land and sea: ACA awards £800 education grant

The Aune Conservation Association (ACA) is very pleased to announce the granting of one of its John Crawford Environmental Awards to Maya Plass of ‘Learn to Sea’ for the delivery of a series of workshops in which Aveton Gifford primary school children will explore the Avon (from source to sea).  It is hoped to run the programme after school later this year, with the possibility of subsequent extension.

Maya’s aims fit very closely with the ACA’s charitable objective of advancing the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the river Avon in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  More specifically, the ACA hopes the programme will encourage, in the next generation, the passion and commitment to conserve our Avon. 

The workshops will start with the question “Where does the land end and the sea begin?”   Through various field trips and activities it is hoped the children will learn that there is no clear separation.  At the very least, they will gain a greater understanding of the local river and it’s relevance to their every day lives.