Oct 25 2019

Saxton’s & Cage’s Wood benefits from Avison Young Day of Giving

On Thursday this week, a motivated team of 16 volunteers from Avison Young braved the morning drizzle to help clear rubbish from our small and very special Saxton’s & Cage’s Wood.   This hidden gem in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just 24 hectares of ancient semi-natural woodland and with a Class II status for nature conservation, it is particularly important for its dormice.


Kate Harvey talking about Chalara ash die back

Sadly a few local residents and commuters don’t see the beauty before their eyes and the boundaries of the wood are littered with rubbish strewn from car windows and fly tipping.


Avison Young were keen to take on the challenge, however before they set off with their litter pickers in hand, Kate Harvey, one of our Site Managers in the South East, shared her knowledge on the wood and gave volunteers a short guided tour.  The team enjoyed learning about woodland management and tree diseases, in particular studying the effects of Chalara ash die back on a tree in the wood – an area of great interest to many as surveyors by trade.


The fungi displays didn’t disappoint and in addition to collecting rubbish, some of the team were busy taking photos and identifying different species using the Seek App.

Magpie Inkcap Fungi with a slug

In just two hours enough rubbish to fill two huge skip bags was collected and the team were keen to share news of their most notable finds (a duvet, car radio and unopened can of M&S gin) over a hot drink and lunch.  After a quick pit stop, we were back out at the boundaries ready to finish the job ahead.  The weather however had different plans for the day and when torrential rain set in; we cleared up and were out of the wood almost as rapidly as the team cleared the boundaries!


We would like to say a massive thank you to the Avison  Young team for their help clearing the wood of rubbish – we hope they spend their Day of Giving with us again next year!


Avison Young has been a valued partner of the Woodland Trust since 2014. The company voluntarily mitigates 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum from its business operations by funding the planting of trees by the Trust to sequester these emissions.


Avison Young has chosen to mitigate these unavoidable emissions in addition to taking other measures to reduce its carbon footprint.

Volunteer with a very wet duvet

Emptying bags just before lunch


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