Drayton Manor Park donates more than £3,000 to BIAZA Buy an Acre SEARCH NEWS

Drayton Manor Park's branded water bottle wrapper.

Drayton Manor Park has donated more than £3,000 in its first year of support for World Land Trust’s (WLT) conservation project in partnership with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

Halfway through the year Drayton Manor’s Chief Executive authorised a donation of £1,000 to the 2014 WLT-BIAZA project, BIAZA Buy an Acre.

Following this, Drayton Manor’s Catering Manager pledged to donate 5p from every bottle of water branded BIAZA Buy an Acre which was sold at the park over the summer. This alone raised £2,234.

Zoo Manager Joyce Roberts said: “We are more than happy to support the BIAZA Buy an Acre Campaign.” Estates Co-ordinator Gaynor Pope added: “We like to do our bit and it is such a simple idea.”

Kelly Jacobs, WLT’s Project Manager for BIAZA Buy an Acre, said: “It has been brilliant to see a new supporter get behind the project with such gusto. Even though it was a small donation per bottle, it still added up to a significant contribution. The 5ps on the water bottles on their own saved 22 acres in Sierra Gorda, plus the initial donation of £1,000 saved another 10 acres!”

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So far, BIAZA members have raised more than £23,000 for WLT’s Buy an Acre fund.

The donations have been used to fund the purchase of land to extend Las Arenitas Reserve in Sierra Gorda in partnership with Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), WLT’s conservation partner in Mexico.