A team of volunteers from EY took part in a conservation day with the National Trust for Jersey to support their efforts to protect and preserve the landscape at St Ouen’s Bay.

Over 30 EY volunteers spent the day at St Ouen’s bay removing some of the highly invasive Purple Dew Plant, which is smothering Jersey’s coastal habitats and impacting biodiversity, to help safeguard the bay’s floral diversity. A total of 740kg was removed – the highest amount removed in a single day. The team were also taken around the reserve and given an insight into the work The National Trust undertake around St Ouen’s to maintain the biodiversity.

These activities align with the Only One Earth EY campaign, an initiative which took place throughout June, inviting all EY employees to play their role in restoring biodiversity and raising awareness of why protecting and restoring biodiversity is so critical. This also supports EY’s global corporate responsibility programme, EY Ripples, which sets out to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people by 2030, with one of core areas of focus being through accelerating environmental sustainability.

Francis Malaspina, an Associate Partner at EY, who also took part in the volunteering day, said: “It’s been great to take a day to experience first-hand all the fantastic work the National Trust do to maintain our local environment here in Jersey and to be able to support our Only One Earth initiative. It’s so important that we do everything we can, both as a business and individually, to maintain our local habitats for future generations. As a corporate partner of the National Trust, we are delighted we get the chance to continue working with the team here to continue to build upon the great work they are doing for our island.”

Simone Springett, Fundraiser for the National Trust said; “We are thrilled that EY has become a corporate member. EY will be getting involved with a number of volunteering tasks, including helping with the Hedge Fund Project. The project involves a team from EY helping to maintain some of the 30+ miles of hedgerow the Trust has planted. We look forward to working together on future CSR and conservation projects.”