Digging deep for the Scottish Wildlife Trust

Posted: 14 May 2012
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Employees from Branston have branched out from their usual work routine to lend a helping hand to the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT).

Nine volunteers from the Scotland site gave up a day of work to plant a range of native tree species, including Oak, Ash and Hazel, at the SWT's Balnaguard Reserve just North of Dunkeld.

Jim Aitken, senior field manager at Branston, approached the SWT and volunteered to help with its seasonal tree planting schedule. He said: "At Branston we understand how important it is to look after Perthshire's beautiful countryside. As an environmentally-aware business we wanted to support and contribute towards enhancing biodiversity of the local area.

"The planting site was a twenty minute uphill walk. In the weeks before, hundreds of trees had already been planted around the foot of the Glen - so it was our job to climb up and finish planting at the top of it. Needless to say, despite the cold weather we were suitably warmed up and raring to go.

"Working in groups of three we soon established an efficient system of digging, planting, staking and affixing grow tubes to the sapling trees. By mid-afternoon the job was done and we were treated to a tour of the Loch of the Lowes Reserve Visitor Centre and rewarded with a stunning view of the resident Osprey on her nest. This was followed by a welcome cup of tea and a biscuit."

Emma Rawling, the resident ranger at Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld, said: "I'd like to say a big thank you to the team at Branston for their help and support. It is great to work with local businesses, especially those that recognise the important work the SWT is trying to do. Sometimes we have to look for volunteers, but Branston contacted us directly to see if they could help.

"They were one of the most efficient groups of volunteers we have ever had, so-much-so that I had to drive back to base to get more grow-tubes and tree stakes because they had planted more trees then I'd planned for on the day!"