A HEREFORDSHIRE village pub is to raise money to fund wildlife projects across the county.

The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, near Leominster, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for schools and local communities.

The pub will be funding this by asking customers to add a voluntary donation of £1.50 to their bill.

These donations will be used to help fund green initiatives throughout the area and in turn, help to offset the carbon footprint of the customers' meal.


Despite the challenges of recent years, the Riverside Inn put the time to good use to create something positive.

The pub has received plaudits for its effort to improve its sustainability and for helping to create a wildlife habitat by working with nature, creating a diverse area for wildlife along the riverbank and throughout its grounds.

Chef and Patron of the Riverside Inn Andy Link said: "We have created a new nature walk with views over the Lugg Valley for the enjoyment of our guests in a patch of land that has disused and forgotten for many years.

"Our heritage orchard continues to grow too with the planting of over 40 trees and hedging plants and we’ve began tackling our food waste through additional composting.


Mr Link is looking to help others who share his vision for sustainability.

He said: "It's a pleasure to be helping people who are passionate about this beautiful and historic part of the UK, and their efforts to make it greener and more wildlife friendly.

"We are encouraging any small group in the county to get in touch with us if they need our support for a project they have in mind."