Vauxhall has supported the growth of the Heart of England Forest for the past two years, planting more than 1,000 trees since the start. Through the automaker’s own employee-run Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, and to go along with World Environment Day that happened June 5, Vauxhall started preparing for its ambitious plan of attempting to plant 15,000 trees in a single day.
“Vauxhall’s support is significant and will make both an immediate and long-term difference; together we are planting tomorrow’s great native woodland, creating a wonderful natural resource and future national asset,” said Karen Woodgate, Partnerships Director at the Heart of England Forest. “Situated right in the heart of England we are equidistant from Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port and Luton sites and very much hope to welcome many of their employees to visit or volunteer and see the amazing impact they are making.”
The goal for the forest is to reach 30,000 acres, and Vauxhall is a founding partner in the ’20 percent by 2020′ campaign, which aims to have 6,000 of the 30,000 acres planted by the year 2020. The Heart of England Forest’s bigger mission is to restore and rebuild some of the lost ancient forest that meandered across the Warwickshire countryside. They have already planted over 3,000 acres of trees, the equivalent of 10 Hyde Parks (a 350-acre park in London).
“We’re extremely proud to be extending our partnership with the Heart of England Forest,” said Ian Allen, Vauxhall’s Regulatory Affairs Manager. “It not only gives something back from an environmental perspective but also helps local children experience the countryside they have on their doorstep.”