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Branston donates to community conservation project

07 September 2010

Branston says it's growing its partnership with The Woodland Trust Scotland by donating £7,000 to a community conservation project

The company handed over the donation to help the trust improve the area at Moncreiffe Hill Wood, which lies a few miles away from Branston’s Perth-based factory.

The general manager for Branston’s Perth site Eric Ritchie handed over the cheque to Jill Aitken of the The Woodland Trust at a special tree planting ceremony at the site. Volunteers from Branston, who have given up their time to help the trust, also went along. The donation will be used to plant more trees and improve the paths in the area.

Eric said: “We have worked with the trust twice before and we have really enjoyed seeing the benefits of our work. Now we have started the project we really wanted to give them some help with the next phase, and the local environment is really important to us as a local employer.

“I am also honoured that I have been invited to plant one of the first trees and think it is an excellent way to mark the occasion. I firmly believe that the work that The Woodland Trust does is vital for the future of our local community.”

Branston has twice volunteered groups of staff to help to tidy up the land at Moncreiffe Hill Wood. Volunteers gave up a day’s work earlier this year and in October last year, to help staff from the trust to clear old grow tubes and deer fencing from the site. The land is now ready for a new batch of trees.

The woodland conservation charity hopes to use the money to develop the area and to encourage younger people, schools and other groups of visitors to visit to discover more about the local woodland.

Jill Aitken, Perth site manager for The Woodland Trust Scotland said: “We are delighted with the generous donation from Branston, we cannot thank them enough. They have already helped us with the manual work at the site and it is great news that they now want to further help the project and encourage people in the local community to come and learn more about the woodland and enjoy the outdoors.

“When Branston initially approached us, we were more than happy to accept their help with volunteer days, and our relationship with them has evolved, with them looking for other ways to support our work in the area. I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than to get Eric to plant the first tree in the new extension.”

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