Press Release

Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust
Receives $44,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation.

02 November 2006

A cheque for $44,000 is presented to the Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust, in front of the Centre's Log Cabin.
Roger Hambleton, Plant Manager of Howmet Exeter, presents the $44,000 cheque on behalf of the Alcoa Foundation to David Lyons (left), Chairman of the Trustees, Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust (OWWT).  Also present, from left to right were: Dr Rosalind Wilson, Trustee OWWT; Dr Philip Whateley, Howmet Exeter; centre - Stephen Lawson, Director, OWWT; far right - Alec Jones, Howmet Exeter.


The Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust near Honiton in Devon have received a substantial grant from Alcoa Foundation, which will aid in improving disabled access and extending teaching facilities.

The Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust, which was established in 1986, aims to provide environmental education facilities to private individuals and educational establishments ranging from Primary Schools to Universities and postgraduate students. Offwell has a significant presence in the environmental science community worldwide, information from their excellent website being used as a resource by schools, colleges, Universities, and environmental agencies from the USA, South Africa, and Europe.

Dr Philip Whateley from Howmet Castings, the Alcoa manufacturing facility in Exeter Devon which facilitated the grant application, said: “We are delighted that Offwell have been successful in their application to Alcoa Foundation, and have received a grant in recognition of the excellent work they perform as both a local amenity and an internationally recognised resource for environmental science.” The grant of $44,000 is the largest Alcoa Foundation award made in the UK since 2003.

Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in communities where Alcoa has a presence world wide. With nearly US$411 million invested since its inception in 1952, Alcoa Foundation has enhanced quality of life around the globe, focusing on areas such as Conservation and Sustainability; Safe and Healthy Children and Families; Global Education and Workplace Skills; and Business and Community Partnership. As well as making grants of varying amounts, Alcoa Foundation actively supports voluntary work undertaken by employees of Alcoa.

Contact Details

Alcoa Foundation Website:

Howmet Castings Alcoa Foundation Committee
01392 429863

Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust
01404 831373