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Bug hotels boost partnership with The National Forest (04/10/16) More news

Team members based at our support centre in Leicestershire recently enjoyed a day out of the office building bug hotels with our partners at The National Forest Company.

Around 40 people came together for the woodland management day, cementing the six-month partnership between the two organisations and helping to conserve the ecology of the local woodland.

The partnership was forged six months ago between the two companies with the common aim of helping to ensure that our forests are healthy, sustainable and wildlife-friendly environments, protected today and for future generations.

The event took place at Sarah’s Wood, just moments from both organisation’s offices, in the heart of the National Forest and saw the group split in two to build bug hotels from wooden pallets, shredded paper, toilet roll tubes and other recycled materials.

A presentation was also given by National Forest CEO John Everitt on the history of Bath Yard, where both companies’ offices are located, as part of the Black to Green project, which aims to create a greater understanding and appreciation of the Heart of The National Forest’s former coal mining and extraction heritage, and an increased stewardship amongst local communities of the Forest’s natural heritage and wildlife.

Chief Executive of Forest Holidays, Bruce McKendrick, said: “Having the teams at both Forest Holidays and the National Forest working together during this event was a great way to cement our growing partnership. Building the bug hotels proved not only an enjoyable day, but also supported our aims of protecting the forest and its ecosystems. Given its success, we’re now looking to arrange similar events in the near future.”

John Everitt, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: “The event was a fantastic way to embed the partnership between the two organisations. We share common goals to celebrate forests and the benefits they bring: places for wildlife to thrive, inspirational settings to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and the means to grow a sustainable rural economy through woodland and tourism-related jobs. And everyone had a great day!”

To find out more about Forest Holidays' work to protect our forests, visit http://aboutus.forestholidays.co.uk/

Further information on the Black to Green project is available at http://www.nationalforest.org/