Directors from leading housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands have all pitched in to help Derbyshire Wildlife Trust with a day of volunteering in Ilkeston.
The tasks included a mix of habitat management and structural work, as the volunteers took on some fencing and path laying at the charity’s Woodside Farm reserve.
Attendees included Jan Ruston (Sales), Robert Galij (Planning), Stephen Ward (Land), Trevor Rockley (Technical), Rob Hutchings (Construction), Matt Gardner (Finance), James Peryer (Commercial) and Dawn Mellors, alongside Managing Director Chris Southgate.
Chris said: “We were delighted to be involved in a day of volunteering at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
“It was good for the directors to spend a day at the Woodside Farm site and really learn more about the amazing work going on at the Trust.
“As a five star housebuilder, we pride ourselves on providing quality homes for not just people, but wildlife too.
“We feel really strongly about protecting the environment and working hard to ensure wildlife is considered with each of our new developments.”
Woodside Farm is located on the Nutbrook Trail next to Shipley Country Park and is home to many farmland birds, wild flowers, invertebrates, brown hares and water voles.
Carol Phillips at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The support of organisations such as Barratt and David Wilson Homes is a lifeline for us. The Trust does not get a single penny of guaranteed income therefore volunteers are vital to our work.
“They help us to create nature recovery networks across Derbyshire, critical at a time when almost 60% of our native species are in decline.”
Barratt and David Wilson Homes is committed to creating a positive legacy not only in the quality of the homes and developments they build, but also with their work with charities and good cases throughout the UK.
For more information about the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, please visit www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk or contact 01773 881 188.