Tree Planting with North Wales Wildlife Trust
Last Saturday Paul Birkhill, Trade Sales Co-ordinator and Russell Williams, Quality Manager and I took part in some tree planting at Holt Castle, organised by Jonathan Hulson, the Living Landscape Officer from NWWT for Wrexham Industrial Estate, where Ecodek is based.
Jonathan gave us an idea of where he wanted us to plant the Black Poplar trees which are actually the most threatened hardwood tree in Britain. We were split up into teams, given gloves, spades, shelters and stakes to support the trees.
The tree planting took a couple of hours and we planted a total of 30 trees, including both male and female Black Poplars, so that in the future new trees may grow from seed on the floodplain of the River Dee.
We certainly felt a real sense of achievement and enjoyed working in our teams. It’s amazing to think that in thirty years’ time, these trees could grow up to as tall as 100 ft.
As mentioned above, Ecodek is based on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, one of the largest such areas in Europe and we have our very own wildlife haven surrounding our factory and offices! We are continuously working with North Wales Wildlife Trust to help improve the habitat surrounding our factory.
The Wildlife Trusts have more than 100 Living Landscape schemes around the UK, where nature conservation work is helping to put wildlife back on the map outside our protected nature reserves and with the help of a wide range of partners and communities.
Let’s not forget that ecodek®® has been FSC certified since 2011. Ecodek purchase wood products from other FSC and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified companies. We can even prove to you that our product has been made with timber from sustainable and well-managed forests.
Did you know that Ecodek offers an exclusive waste buy back scheme? This allows us to buy back any offcuts you may have, making you some money and letting us recycle the material to be used again to produce more ecodek®®!
For a couple of hours of your time taking part in a tree planting session is definitely something I recommend. Anyone can get involved, whether you are taking part with your company, or make it a family outing! The idea that you can go out and plant a tree is very appealing, rewarding and worthwhile.
If you would like to volunteer with the Wildlife Trust and do something for your local wildlife check out the link. The Woodland Trust are also looking for volunteers – whether it’s wildlife monitoring, tree health recording.
The team look forward to more tree planting and working with North Wales Wildlife Trust on future projects.
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