Twenty-six pubs in Britain close permanently every month, according to research by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Eight out of 10 of these sites are demolished or converted into houses, restaurants, shops and offices.
In response to these findings, the Community Pubs Foundation has been launched to help communities save their local pubs.
The CAMRA-run group will provide support, advice, information and small grants to local communities.
"In 2000 we said that up to 20 pubs a month were being closed, this has increased to 26 pubs. The loss of a community pub will have a negative impact on the local economy and urgent action is needed," said Mike Benner from CAMRA.
The 4,000 visitors expected to attend the great British Beer Festival at London's Olympia this week are being asked to make a donation to the foundation.
Online donations can be made at www.communitypubs.org.
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