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JLR gives Felix Dennis’ Heart of England Forest a helping hand

JLR gives Felix Dennis’ Heart of England Forest a helping hand JLR gives Felix Dennis’ Heart of England Forest a helping hand
Tree-mendous - Gary Kirkpatrick (second from bottom left) with the Jaguar Land Rover team. (s)
Updated: 6:54 am, Jul 25, 2015

ECO-FRIENDLY staff at Jaguar Land Rover could see the woods for the trees when they volunteered for a day with a regional foresting charity.

The car giant gathered a team from its Roll Dynamics and Control Team in Gaydon to visit woodland charity, the Heart of England Forest, and offer some extra sets of hands in forest maintenance at Middle Spernal site near Alcester.

Over the course of the day they explored the forest’s natural gems and learnt basic forestry skills and the mission behind the charity.

Thanks to the team’s efforts, maintenance was carried out on around 600 trees covering 1.5 acres – equivalent to 24 tennis courts.

The Heart of England Forest was set up in 2003 by the late publishing tycoon Felix Dennis with the long-term aim of planting 13 million new trees across 30,000 acres of new native woodland, stretching from the Forest of Arden to the Vale of Evesham.

Helen Jackson, leader of the Roll Dynamics and Control team at Jaguar Land Rover, said the team thoroughly enjoyed the day and were impressed at the work the charity had done so far.

She said: ““Being involved in a long term project like the Heart of England Foundation really captured the team’s imagination and we loved seeing how it had already had a positive impact on the environment and the wider community.

Since the woodland was started by Mr Dennis more than 3,000 acres of new woodland has been planted – including 1.3 million trees.

Gary Kirkpatrick, forestry volunteer co-ordinator at the Heart of England Forest, said: “It was great to have the team from Jaguar Land Rover help us out and spread the message about the many benefits the woodland brings.”

Visit www.heartofenglandforest.com to find out more about the Heart of England Forest and how to volunteer.

 

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