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CLA Charitable Trust awards more than 50,000 to countryside charities


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More than 50,000 was donated to countryside charities in 2011 by the CLA Charitable Trust.

The CLA Charitable Trust provided grants of 52,000 last year to projects aimed at young, disabled or disadvantaged people that promote access to and education about the countryside.

CLA Charitable Trust Director Peter Geldart said: “The Trust provides funding to allow those who would not otherwise be able to learn about the countryside and enjoy its benefits due to a disadvantage.”

To apply for a CLA Charitable Trust grant in 2012, apply in writing during January, April, July or October with details of your project to: Peter Geldart, Hopbine Farmhouse, Ossington, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6LJ.

Donations can be made to the Trust through Mr Geldart, as well as through covenants, wills and by supporting regional CLA fundraising events.

The last round of grants made in 2011 and totalling 11,800 were awarded to:

  • the H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary in Wrexham to help develop an animal care and administration programme for disadvantaged children,
  • Heathrow Special Needs Farm, near Heathrow airport, for a new ramp and hoist for disabled riders,
  • a horticultural training centre at the Harington Scheme in north London to replace equipment and machinery used by disabled people,
  • the Magdalen Project, an organic educational farm in Somerset, for visits by disabled children,
  • the Papworth Trust in Cambridge to improve a horticultural training centre for the disabled in the Ipswich docklands,
  • Highfield Farm in Devon to help fit out a new training classroom for its young disabled and disadvantaged visitors to and,
  • Future Roots, a care farm in Dorset for a new polytunnel in the horticulture training area; 2,000.

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