bdht staff grab spades for a triple tree planting mission
Published by Zoe Guest for Gough Bailey Wright in Environment and also in Communities
bdht staff plant cherry trees
bdht staff have rolled up their sleeves and donned their wellies to plant 20 mature trees at three locations across the district, as part of the company’s community day campaign.
Altogether, 18 members of staff, along with Bromsgrove District Council’s tree officer, Gavin Boyes, simultaneously convened in Charford, Catshill and Alvechurch last Wednesday to plant a mixture of oak and cherry trees to enhance the landscape and environment in each area.
As part of bdht’s commitment to the local community and wider district, all bdht staff have been allocated an annual community day, where they have a day off from their normal work duties to take part in an activity that will benefit local people. So far staff members have fronted community roadshows, a summer family fun day, a litter picking programme and now the tree planting project.
The trees have been planted in Talbot Road in Charford, Kempton Court in Catshill and Crown Meadow in Alvechurch. Alan Williams, community environmental manager at bdht, explained: “Well placed, carefully selected trees can enhance not only the look of an area but also the bird and insect population, which is particularly important in more built up areas.
“Both the oak and cherry trees that were chosen were already ten-15ft tall and have made an immediate difference to the landscape in each area. It did mean that deep holes had to be dug to plant them though, making it tough work for all of the volunteers, but everyone worked really hard and did an excellent job.”
Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht, explains: “We wanted all of our staff to have the opportunity to play a hands-on role in supporting a local project, so we introduced the ‘community day’ to allow them to dedicate a full day of their time to a cause of their choice without having to use any of their own free time. Once all staff have taken their community day it will equate to around 435 hours of community involvement by our staff which is fantastic.”
bdht would like to thank Rowberry’s Garden Centre for generously donating some of the trees and materials for the project.