“This includes corporate support, but also providing working groups to offer practical hands-on help for the Trust.
A day of action at a popular local woodland nature reserve has proved the perfect opportunity to celebrate a third year of partnership between East Leake-based British Gypsum and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (NWT).
Bunny Old Wood provided the location for a team of British Gypsum volunteers to carry out path clearing work, and to be there to announce the company is to continue its support for the Wildlife Trust’s activities in the county.
This time the sponsorship package enables the company to back some new campaigns – it becomes one of the key corporate sponsors of a new Nature, Health and Wellbeing campaign; and the first business sponsor of the Nature Reserves Fund.
British Gypsum has worked closely with NWT for over 30 years with the partnership going way beyond just corporate financial support.
Bunny Woods, for instance, was owned by the company but given to the Trust in 1985.
In addition, teams of employees regularly give their time to tackle practical projects on the ground including clearing vegetation, fixing fences and gates, coppicing and upgrading pathways.
Head of environment and compliance for British Gypsum, Heidi Barnard, said: “We have enjoyed a close working partnership with the Wildlife Trust for many years and are delighted to announce a renewed sponsorship.
“We are delighted to become the first business sponsor of the Nature Reserves Fund which aims to halt the decline in biodiversity in our meadows, hedgerows and ancient woodlands like Bunny Old Wood.
“We are also very happy to support the Nature, Health and Wellbeing campaign.
“British Gypsum is part of Saint-Gobain, a company officially recognised as a top employer.
“The company is particularly active in encouraging employees to look after their physical and mental wellbeing and to make the most of the benefits of being outside.”
Holly McCain, senior development officer from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, added: “We are delighted that British Gypsum has embraced the newly launched Nature Reserve Fund, which ensures we have resources to manage natural spaces for people to visit and enjoy, helping them improve their health and wellbeing – a practical solution and joined-up thinking.”