A North Devon motor dealer has donated a Mitsubishi Shogun along with the lease of a Mitsubishi Colt to Devon Wildlife Trust's Working Wetlands project. The vehicles will be used by project officers for site visits, attending events and doing conservation

A North Devon motor dealer has donated a Mitsubishi Shogun along with the lease of a Mitsubishi Colt to Devon Wildlife Trust's Working Wetlands project.The vehicles will be used by project officers for site visits, attending events and doing conservation tasks through the Grazing Links initiative.The donation means that Barnstaple-based Devonshire Motors has become an official Corporate Supporter of Devon Wildlife Trust. The charity presented the company with a certificate at the official hand-over yesterday (Tuesday).Sales director Barry Brettell said: "Devonshire Motors has been a name synonymous with Mitsubishi in North Devon for more than 25 years; today we are one of the most successful car dealerships in North Devon and are currently one of the top performing Mitsubishi franchises in the country. "We were recently voted third in a national customer satisfaction survey and were the top dealer in the South West."We are really pleased with the level of success we have achieved in our area and thought there was no better way to celebrate than to provide Devon Wildlife Trust with a really good working vehicle. We hope that this rugged off-roader will help them perform their vital day-to-day duties in comfort and with confidence."Devon Wildlife Trust's Working Wetlands project will be the charity's biggest to date. It is a five-year project which aims to save the remaining Culm Grassland of North and West Devon, 92 per cent of which has been lost since the beginning of the 20th Century, mainly through agricultural improvement.The project aims to secure more than 2,000 hectares of Culm grassland in good condition by 2013 within three priority areas - Upper Tamar/Torridge Headwaters, Hollow andOdham Moors and Rackenford and Knowstone Moors. Working Wetlands will also reconnect important wildlife areas by restoring associated key habitats that provide essential links to the Culm sites. Peter Burgess, of DWT, said: "This is such a big donation for us it will make a huge difference to our working life as we start our new project. The Grazing Links project really needed a four wheel drive vehicle to help transport and tow essential machinery. We would like to thank Devonshire Motors for this generous donation.