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British Gypsum, Formula and Artex join forces to protect local wildlife

Tuesday 22nd November

British Gypsum, Formula and Artex join forces to protect local wildlife

Local people from Saint-Gobain group companies, Artex, Formula and British Gypsum have joined forces to support local conservation charity, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their donation of 40 acres of ancient woodland with public access, Bunny Old Wood (West) .

The companies’ employees will spend a day working alongside Trust staff helping to manage the woodland that they donated three decades years ago, by building fences, clearing paths and landscaping seating areas.

Speaking about the companies’ partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Heidi Barnard, Head of Environment and Compliance commented, “It’s great to be able to make a contribution, work alongside Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and to learn about the abundance of animal and plant species which thrive on our estate. Connecting with nature in this way helps us all remain focused on the preservation of the all-important ecosystem which nurtures local wildlife.”

In 1985, locally based company, British Gypsum Ltd in East Leake, now part of the Saint-Gobain group donated freehold ownership of ‘Bunny Old Wood (West)’ to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust who has since nurtured and managed the site as a nature reserve.  Referenced in the Doomsday Book, it is one of the oldest natural features of the South Nottinghamshire landscape, with studies showing the north-facing slope likely to have been tree-covered for over 10,000 years.

Thirty years on, British Gypsum is continuing its support of the Trust in line with the company’s commitment to maximising their contribution to local communities, to sustainable development and to the protection of natural environments around their sites.  This valued support will enable the Trust to produce a new map of Bunny Wood, which will improve the accessibility of the site for visitors to this wonderful local example of ancient woodland.  As part of the partnership, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will provide land management advice to the three companies helping them to maximise their wildlife value across their Nottinghamshire estate, encouraging increasing numbers of species to visit and return. 

Isabel Greed, Development Manager, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust praised the companies for their commitment, “We’re so pleased that British Gypsum, Formula and Artex recognise the importance of investing in their local environment. All three companies strive for environmental excellence in their everyday activity, and by supporting wildlife locally they are really going the extra mile for their community. We’re delighted to see this partnership flourish.”

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be organising future woodland management working events with British Gypsum, if you would like to become involved contact [email protected]

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