Press Release Archive: Thursday 22 March 2012
Cargill volunteers spend 500 hours in Tunman Wood
Cargill employees based at Witham St Hughs are helping the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust with vital management work at Tunman Wood Nature Reserve.
At least 100 employees are taking part in group volunteering sessions from 19 to 23 March totalling over 500 hours of work. They are helping thin-out dense birch saplings which have sprung up on an area of the woodland nature reserve that was left unplanted after commercial conifers had been harvested.
Phil Porter, the Wildlife Trust’s warden based at Whisby Nature Park is overseeing the work. He commented: "The wood is quite large at 150 acres so the input of such a large amount of voluntary work is fantastic. It’s a great encouragement to Trust volunteers who work in the wood from year to year and should provide the employees of Cargill with the satisfaction of having contributed positively to the wood’s future. As the young birch saplings are thinned, we are leaving the best trees to develop into shapely mature specimens. This will help the small areas of bluebells which exist at the edges to expand across a wider area."
Martin Cooper is chair of the Cargill Cares Council in Witham St Hughs, formed from a team of employees, which supports many local community organisations and initiatives. He added: "At Cargill, environmental stewardship is one of the three key areas where Cargill focuses its support. We are delighted to be involved in such a worthy environmental project and it’s great to see so many Cargill employees taking part."
The company is also helping to finance the creation of a permanent drinking pond for cattle at nearby Whisby Nature Park and have offered to contribute to other Trust projects that may take place in their local area where their staff can contribute as volunteer workers. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust congratulates Cargill for this very welcome corporate approach to wildlife conservation.
Tunman Wood is a North Kesteven District Council “Stepping Out” route and a brochure (No 5) is available from the Natural World visitor centre at Whisby Nature Park and other NKDC centres. However there is currently no provision for car-parking nearby and the brochure should be consulted for pedestrian links from Thorpe on the Hill, The Dovecote public house on the A46 and Eagle Barnsdale.
Tunman Wood, managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council, is a mixed wood of commercial softwoods and naturally regenerating broad-leaf trees near Thorpe on the Hill. The site shows characteristics of an ancient woodland site.
1. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Founded in 1948, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is dedicated to safeguarding wildlife and wild places in Lincolnshire and promoting understanding and enjoyment of the natural world from the Humber to the Wash. With over 25,000 members and around 100 nature reserves, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Lincolnshire. Our vision is for Lincolnshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire, and the neighbouring sea and estuaries to be rich in wildlife for the benefit of everyone.
2. The Wildlife Trusts.
There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 66 countries. We help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and are committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.co.uk
Cargill in the United Kingdom
Cargill has been active in the United Kingdom since 1955 and now employs over 3,000 people in 20 locations, including Witham St Hughs near Lincoln. Cargill has been located at Witham St Hughs since 1984 and there are around 200 Cargill employees based at the site. The UK commercial divisions of Cargill’s European refined oils and grain and oilseed supply chain businesses are located here. This site is also the base for IT and Finance functions, including the European Financial Services Centre which processes financial transactions for many European businesses. For more information, visit www.cargill.co.uk
For further information please contact
Wendy Garbutt, Communication Executive, Cargill
Tel: 01932 861168
Rachel Shaw, Public Relations Officer
Tel: 01507 526667 (ansaphone out of office hours)
Fax: 01507 525732
Email: Rachel Shaw
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Manor House Street
Lincolnshire LN9 5HF