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Natural Partnerships – Working with Business

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Posted: Thursday 14th September 2017 by WildBlog

By Julie Doherty, Partnerships Manager

Seeing the look of fascination on the faces of a huddle of young children as they looked into the tray of pond skaters, beetles and other aquatic wildlife made my heart sing. After months of working with local firm Ecosurety to create a wildlife pond at our Feed Bristol project, these were the first ‘explorers’ of this new underwater world and they were loving it! We know our partnership with Ecosurety will have a lasting impact. The company has invested in the future of the next generation and their staff worked in the sunshine and rain to plant hundreds of wildflowers, build a teaching platform, create a living willow hedge and a bug hotel installation, to secure an inspiring new wildlife-rich learning environment in the city.

“I couldn’t have predicted the scale of the positive impact for our team, connecting us to an incredible charity within our community, and the benefit it would bring to the natural landscape of our city,” Abigail Warren, key account manager at Ecosurety, said of the partnership.

Since April this year over 500 individual employees of companies in Bristol and Bath have given their time to help us make a difference for the future. That’s over 3,670 hours of support for people and wildlife. Working together we have created a new wildlife garden at St Michael’s hospital, turned a piece of neglected land on Walcot Street in Bath into a flourishing community garden, cleared an old allotment site to create a community wellbeing space, hosted family events and built metres of accessible paths to help make everyday nature available to everyone.

Our region has so many wonderful wild places within it, from the species-rich grasslands of the Cotswolds, the wetlands of the Gordano valley and the sculptural Avon Gorge right here in Bristol. Smaller green spaces such as pocket parks, school grounds, community gardens and allotments also provide us with places to relax, to dream, to spend time with family and friends and to discover the diversity of wildlife that lives in our region.

Corporate supporters have worked with us to protect some of these special places too – from collecting wild flower seed to coppicing in ancient woodlands. This provides the opportunity for teams to get out of the office and work together, enjoying some of our region’s most beautiful landscapes and protecting important habitats for everyone to enjoy.

Graduates from Rolls Royce regularly work with us on our Prior’s Wood nature reserve and Mike Gamlin from the company said, “We had a fantastic time and the feel good effect is immense here in the team”

For more information about how your company can work with Avon Wildlife Trust to inspire people and protect wildlife in the region contact Julie Doherty, Partnerships Manager – 0117 980 0394



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