The weekend fog didn't deter 72 staff from RBC Wealth Management who accepted a challenge from the National Trust for Jersey and turned out to plant 600 trees.
The big dig took place on Saturday [25th February] at a field near Sorel Point, St John. The aim was to provide more habitat for nesting birds and other wildlife in an area that was lacking sufficient cover to support wildlife populations.
RBC Wealth Management's Environmental Officer, Francis Binney, helped to organise the event which he said was the company’s biggest – and best attended – environmental project to date. But he admitted that the task was no small undertaking.
He said: 'Under the guidance of three representatives from the National Trust for Jersey, our staff helped to plant 600 trees, which was no mean feat – especially in that fog! Thankfully, we were a strong team and we'd marshalled additional help in the form of family and friends. We were able to provide all the tools, snacks and drinks to keep our volunteers going throughout the morning's work, and we completed the challenge which is the first phase of a new wildlife campaign for the National Trust for Jersey.'
The tree varieties planted were hedgerow species, including hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, elder and guelder rose.
For every tree planted on the day, RBC Wealth Management donated £1 to the National Trust for Jersey to further support its work in wildlife and habitat conservation. The initiative was part of RBC Wealth Management’s long-term commitment of support for the Trust.