Warwickshire Wildlife Trust; Worcestershire Wildlife Trust; Heart of England Forest
The 2017/18 tree planting season is officially upon us and we could not be more excited. This is a busy and special time of year for us at the Forest and we aim to share it with as many people as possible.
On Wednesday 1st November, we welcomed 60 eager volunteers from Warwickshire and Worcestershire Wildlife Trusts to help kick off the tree planting season in style. Working in partnership with local and national organisations is vital to achieve our charitable mission, and together we managed to plant an incredible 1,538 trees in just one day!
Ian Jelley, Director of Living Landscapes at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, sums up the first day of tree planting season perfectly. “We were delighted to kick start the 2017/18 tree planting season in support of the Heart of England Forest. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust often hosts corporate team building days ourselves, and when the opportunity arose to organise something for our staff we thought it would be an ideal partnership. The Heart of England Forest is working at a landscape scale to create bigger, better, more joined up areas for the benefit of wildlife and people. That approach is perfectly aligned with The Wildlife Trust’s vision for a Living Landscape and we were delighted at how much our staff enjoyed it, with one saying, “It was the best staff day EVER!”.”
Colin Raven, Director at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, adds: “The away day offered a chance for many of the staff who are usually office-bound to get out and do something practical. Planting trees and shrubs on a crisp sunny day gave many of us a real physical workout and a mental boost, and helped remind us of the great work that is being done by organisations like The Heart of England Forest to make the world a better place for future generations.”
Beth Brook, Chief Executive of The Heart of England Forest says: “What a great day – I don’t think anyone stopped smiling for a second! Collaborative partnerships are essential to the success of the Heart of England Forest. We work in partnership with a variety of organisations, such as the Wildlife Trusts, for the benefit of the environment and the communities which the Forest supports. We were honoured to host a team planting day, which was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make new friends as well as learn from each other. We look forward to developing these relationships into the future.”
From everyone at the Heart of England Forest – thank you!