Branston team swaps tatties for trees

Posted: 26 March 2014
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A group of volunteers from Branston took the day away from their work in the factory and office today (26 March) and headed out to help the Woodland Trust Scotland with some vital conservation work.

The team of ten cleared around 4,000 grow tubes and stakes from mixed woodland in Formonthills, Glenrothes, which lies less than twenty miles away from Branston’s Abernethy site.

The trees there were planted out between ten and twenty years ago and have since been a little neglected. It was difficult work, as each of the grow tubes around the trees had to be cut away and the cable ties released, but the team made great progress.

They were also able to assist Jill Aitken from Woodland Trust Scotland with locating some areas of wild flowers. They were seeded a while ago but their whereabouts weren’t recorded at the time.

Branston has formed a strong partnership with the Woodland Trust Scotland over the past few years. The company has not only donated more than £7,000 to help improve the local woodlands, but it has also provided volunteers for planting and clearing projects as part of its dedication to the local community and improving the environment.

Jill Aitken from Woodland Trust Scotland said: “It’s always great to have Branston staff come out and help to make our woods better places to explore and enjoy. Hopefully they will keep coming back and see these young trees grow as the wood matures.”

Jim Aitken, Senior Field Services Manager at Branston commented: “Branston and the team of volunteers had an extremely successful day at Formonthills and we were blessed with good weather. We’re happy to be continuing to work with the local community and wildlife, encouraging people to get out there and enjoy the environment. All in all, it was a great day, rounded off with ice creams!”