Eden Confidential: Why did Defra give ‘rewilding’ charity £116,000 in the space of a month?

As the nation tightens its purse strings in a cost-of-living crisis, cash-strapped taxpayers may be surprised to learn that a millionaire Hollywood star’s charity is benefiting from their hard-earned money. Is.

I can reveal that Re:wild, the charity co-founded by Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, has been awarded over £116,000 by the UK Government in just one month.

The cash comes from a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) scheme that gives grants that help protect biodiversity and the natural environment around the world.

Although the actor, 47, is worth more than £200million, Re:wild, the conservation group he co-founded last year, has received a total of four lump sum donations of the eyebrow-raising amount.

I Can Reveal That Re:wild, The Charity Co-Founded By Oscar Winner Leonardo Dicaprio, Has Been Awarded Over £116,000 By The Uk Government In Just One Month.

I can reveal that Re:wild, the charity co-founded by Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, has been awarded over £116,000 by the UK Government in just one month.

Earlier this year, Defra gave the charity £28,800 of taxpayers’ cash to lobby for ‘rewilding’.

The money was used to protect a species of dwarf buffalo called Tamara in the Philippines.

And it won’t be the last set of funds it will receive from British taxpayers – as a Defra spokesman told me, it’s an ongoing repayment scheme.

They confirm that ‘payments have been made to Re:Wild as part of a three-year grant which they have successfully secured.’

Let’s not forget that this is the same Leonardo DiCaprio who reportedly spent $2.5 million on champagne for his 38th birthday party, and flew 8,000 miles in a private jet from Cannes to New York and back again. — to accept an environmental award.

After the Cena snub, at least Boy George still loves you, Kelly

Her stepdaughter Sienna Miller may prefer to take advice from others, but top interior designer Kelly Hoppen still has fans in high places.

After taking one look at Kelly’s £12.5million mansion, singer Boy George ‘fell in love’ with her and commissioned her to do the same for his gothic-style north London home.

The Culture Club singer, 61, told Kelly: ‘I want you to redo my house and I want it to look exactly like this.’

Yesterday Sienna, 40, revealed that she had chosen her film director friend Gabby Dellal, 61, to renovate her Buckinghamshire cottage, who apparently has the ‘best taste’, making Sienna ‘ever Got it’.

After Taking One Look At Kelly'S £12.5 Million Mansion, Singer Boy George Fell In Love With Her And Commissioned Her To Recreate His Gothic-Style North London Home.

After Taking One Look At Kelly'S £12.5 Million Mansion, Singer Boy George Fell In Love With Her And Commissioned Her To Recreate His Gothic-Style North London Home.

After taking one look at Kelly’s £12.5million mansion, singer Boy George ‘fell in love’ with her and commissioned her to recreate his gothic-style north London home.

Speaking of smart seats… the real-life blue-blooded star of Bergerton

With Christened Louis – and Prince Charles as one of her grandfathers – she was always destined for glory.

No, not Kate and Wills’ third and youngest child, but Louis Cunningham, 24, the grandson of the late Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

After Bergerton made his debut as Lord Corning, he is now set to star in the eight-part BBC drama Marie Antoinette. His role? Louis XVI, of course.

And I can reveal that Oxford graduate Louis, 24, has another prince lurking in the background – ‘Prince of Darkness’ Peter Mendelssohn. Years ago, when Louise’s parents’ neighbor, Labor Pierre used to babysit for the family.

No, Not Kate And Wills' Third And Youngest Child, But 24-Year-Old Louis Cunningham, Grandson Of The Late Prince Charles Of Luxembourg.

No, Not Kate And Wills' Third And Youngest Child, But 24-Year-Old Louis Cunningham, Grandson Of The Late Prince Charles Of Luxembourg.

No, not Kate and Wills’ third and youngest child, but Louis Cunningham, 24, the grandson of the late Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

Former portly Simon Callow believes he’s in the best shape of his life – and it’s all thanks to a new diet plan he devised. ‘I’m very fit, fitter than ever,’ says the 73-year-old, who needs to be light on his feet as he currently has an all-singing, all-dancing role on the London stage. Musical anything goes.

‘I have prepared my entire diet. I started eating half as much as I normally eat and ate it twice as slowly. In four months I’ve lost over two stone.’ It’s never too late…

Amanda’s meltdown

Is Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Staveley, a key player in Newcastle United’s £300m Saudi takeover, feeling the heat?

Staveley, 49, was seen ‘kicking off’ on her mobile at WHSmith in King’s Cross, London.

‘It was a complete meltdown,’ says my man, hiding behind a Malteser. ‘She was screaming: ‘Why can’t you do it in 24 hours?’ ‘

Queuing to pay for sweets, drinks and a Richard Osman novel, he then apparently shouted: ‘Don’t you tell me to calm down!’ – before realizing he lacked cash or a card. She was finally saved by her husband, Mehrdad Ghadosi.

Is Prince Andrew'S Ex-Girlfriend Amanda Staveley, A Key Player In Newcastle United'S £300M Saudi Takeover, Feeling The Heat?

Is Prince Andrew'S Ex-Girlfriend Amanda Staveley, A Key Player In Newcastle United'S £300M Saudi Takeover, Feeling The Heat?

Is Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Staveley, a key player in Newcastle United’s £300m Saudi takeover, feeling the heat?

Cleese and wife #4 celebrate 10th anniversary

Funnyman John Cleese looked unusually carefree as he and his fourth wife celebrated their 10th anniversary on Wednesday.

The Monty Python star, 82, was with Jennifer Wade, 51, at trendy Mayfair eatery La Loma.

It’s no secret that the actor has been unlucky in love before, going through three costly divorces. Married first to his former Fawlty Towers co-star Connie Booth, then later to American actress Barbara Trentham, it was his marriage to American radio host Alice Eschelberger that burned the biggest hole in his pocket.

The £600,000 a year he was ordered to pay at the time was ‘absolutely ridiculous’, and led him to embark on his first live tour to raise funds – which he of course delivered. Alimony used to be called tour.

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Her Surname May Be Frost But Sadie Showed Off Her Red Style At A Charity Bash In Mallorca.

Her Surname May Be Frost But Sadie Showed Off Her Red Style At A Charity Bash In Mallorca.

Her surname may be Frost but Sadie showed off her red style at a charity bash in Mallorca.

Scarlett Sadie shows off her Spanish style

She may be surnamed Frost but Sadie showed off her scarlet style at a charity bash in Mallorca.

Wearing a £120 dress by UK designer Vivien Holloway, the 57-year-old – who is believed to have recently bought a villa on the Spanish island – touched British glamor in a stunning do.

‘A whirlwind trip to (the island’s capital) Palma to do a bit of business,’ she says.

‘Met some lovely people.’

The fundraiser is put on every year by Spanish real estate agent Marcel Remus, and in 2021 it was attended by the likes of Dame Joan Collins.

I hope Marcel gave Sadie some great tips on buying Spanish properties.

(very) modern manners

No stranger to flights of fancy, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he seriously considered wiping his mind with hypnosis after working on the franchise for so long. He even talked to an expert about doing it.

‘I spoke to Darren Brown about it and he thought he could do it,’ says the 60-year-old filmmaker, after Jackson wanted to finish the £2.5bn-grossing adventure trilogy. So was ‘a hypnotherapy guy’ who ‘can make me forget about the work I’ve done in the last six or seven years’. Thankfully, sense prevailed and the Oscar winner kept his hobbit habit.