Langley Vale Wood’s helping hands from Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Officer and senior directors were out in force at Langley Vale Wood last week coppicing in one of its areas of ancient woodland, Little Hurst Wood.
We were pleased to showcase Langley Vale Wood – England’s First World War Centenary Wood – helping them understand our work at this large (260 ha), varied site which is leading to exciting improvements for wildlife, such as increases in the number and diversity of arable plants and butterflies.
After a tour of the site led by Simon Bateman-Brown, Site Manager, and an overview of our Emergency Tree Plan by Darren Moorcroft, the team were set to task coppicing, which allows more light to reach the woodland floor, creating the opportunities for more seeds and plants to spring up…in fact bluebells are waiting to show their stunning colours all over Little Hurt Wood.
As you know, Sainsbury’s support is huge for the Trust: They are our largest retail corporate partner who we’ve been working with since 2004. Benefitting from donations from sales of free range eggs, chicken, turkey, apples and honey, Sainsbury’s to date has raised over £9.6 million which has funded the planting of over 3.8 million trees across the UK – helping us engage with thousands of communities and helping children to reconnect with nature. As the lead partner of the First World War Centenary Woods Project, their involvement with Langley Vale Wood has included hundreds of Sainsbury’s colleagues out volunteering here planting trees, removing old fencing, and coppicing.
By Grace Davis, Communications and Engagement Officer