Jersey Heritage has had a New Year boost to its Green Management Project thanks to the renewal of ongoing environmental sponsorship support from Ogier, the island’s leading Legal and Fiduciary service provider. As a result, the charity has committed to actively support the National Trust’s Green House project starting with the installation of eco light bulbs across all Jersey Heritage sites (where possible) from this month.

Over the past three years, hundreds of hours of valuable community work have been completed by the Ogier team at all Jersey Heritage sites. Vital funds have also been donated to purchase recycling units for those sites and the initiative also prompted the creation of a dedicated in-house 'green management team' at Jersey Heritage who work to make the whole organisation greener. Other green projects carried out have included a wormery at Jersey Museum, kitchen waste disposal recycling scheme, energy efficient lighting installed in all office space and installation of a new eco heating system at La Hougue Bie.

Jon Carter, Director of Jersey Heritage, said: “Support from local organisations is vital to help maintain operations at Jersey Heritage and I would like to thank Ogier for their ongoing commitment of both time and financial support which has such a huge impact on our environmental activity across our many sites. We have a very active Green Management Project and being able to extend this to support valuable third party initiatives, such as the National Trust and their Green House project, is extremely exciting because the overall impact can be even greater.”

Nick Kershaw, Ogier Group Chief Executive Officer said: “At Ogier we are committed to supporting local projects and charities that are integral to the community and we are therefore pleased to support Jersey Heritage, an essential local organisation, to help them meet their green commitments. Our partnership has meant Ogier staff have had a really hands on approach, helping with green projects at so many of the special sites located around the Island. We are looking forward to the green initiatives that will take place this year.”

The National Trust for Jersey launched the Green House Project initiative to raise awareness about the easily achievable steps people can take to live a greener and more sustainable life, all as part of their 75th anniversary. They have made 12 simple pledges to become greener throughout the year that people can become involved with.

Charles Alluto from the National Trust for Jersey said: “Working with a number of key partners throughout the year, the National Trust hopes to inspire and encourage its members and the general island public during the next 12 months with pledges to make its activities more sustainable. We are really pleased that our colleagues at Jersey Heritagehave shown a dedicated commitment to the environment through supporting this campaign in 2011. We are certain that together we can take valuable steps towards achieving a more sustainable future.”

For more information about the National Trust project, visit www.startuk.org or www.greenhousejersey.wordpress.com