Companies Enjoy Wild Christmas Do on Chobham Common

Monday 12th December 2016

Toyota workers enjoy wild Christmas do on Chobham Common

Chopping back trees, building a boardwalk and burning scrub – office workers got stuck into a wild Christmas do with a difference organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Our corporate supporters are an absolutely essential and integral part of what SWT does...

The corporate Christmas challenge day was held on Chobham Common, which is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east and a haven for rare wildlife including Nightjars, Dartford Warblers, butterflies and wild flowers.

Workers from Toyota in Epsom, Fidelity International in Lower Kingswood and Convergence ICT in Farnham helped chop down invasive Scots Pine trees which were encroaching on the heathland habitat. They also built part of a new raised wooden boardwalk across a wetter part of the common.

The volunteers tucked into a lunch in the fresh air, while enjoying Christmas music and mulled cider. Some also cut their own Christmas trees to take home and made festive wreaths using natural materials.

John Ryan, head of Toyota’s corporate and social responsibility and environmental affairs, said: “We enjoyed a great fun, practical day, which gave us the opportunity to make a difference. We have loved seeing something tangible come from our labours and SWT have been fantastic hosts.

"Today is a continuation of our relationship with SWT and enables us to give volunteering opportunities to our staff.”

Toyota is a Corporate Gold Partner of the Trust and has also donated more than £25,000 to the rebuilding of its new £1.1m education centre at Nower Wood.

Support from corporate partners through donations and volunteering makes a huge difference to the Trust and its work to manage Surrey’s environment for wildlife.

“Our corporate supporters are an absolutely essential and integral part of what Surrey Wildlife Trust does,” said the Trust’s Senior Ranger Steve Fry.

“The economic realities are such that without sponsorship from companies which have employees that live and work within the county, the wildlife trust would really struggle - not just for volunteer resources but also cash. Events like our Christmas environment challenge day at Chobham are mutually advantageous to us and our corporate supporters.”

If your business is interested in making a difference, why not sign up as a Corporate Partner or Sponsor or get stuck into one of our environment challenge days? For more information on being a corporate supporter and to find out more about becoming a wildlife trust volunteer please visit .

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