A Cotswold Brewery has been doing its bit to help care for the environment by raising funds for conservation projects in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Hook Norton Brewery created Cotswold Lion Beer last year in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Cotswolds AONB, which was designated as a protected landscape back in 1966.

By donating 5p off the top of every bottle of the celebratory beer to conservation work in the AONB the brewery managed to raise £1,000, which it has donated to a newly formed charity, The Friends of the Cotswolds.

The 'Friends' is led by eight directors who will be aiming to secure donations and then allocate grants to projects in the Cotswolds.

This money will be invested in a wide range of projects, programmes and ideas that will help to: promote, enhance and conserve the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), raise awareness about the natural environment and provide activities and facilities within the natural environment to improve the quality of life in the AONB.

Managing Director of Hook Norton Brewery, James Clarke said:

" We take great pride in the fact the we are a steam powered brewery using traditional methods and many locally sourced materials, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of every bottle of beer that we produce."

"We are proud of the brewery's local heritage and the fact that we are based in such a beautiful area and we want to put something back. Helping to fund conservation projects through the sale of Cotswold Lion Beer seems to be a fitting way to signal our commitment to the local environment."

Cotswold Lion Beer will be available again this year in bottles and on draught during May and June in selected Hook Norton pubs. Click here to visit the brewery website.

The Friends of the Cotswolds, was launched by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds AONB. Click here to see a leaflet about The Friends of the Cotswolds.