Despite gale force winds over the weekend, volunteers from RBC Wealth Management returned to La Mielle des Morville to help the National Trust for Jersey restore local wetlands. 21 members of staff and their families braved the elements to spend the morning cutting and thinning out overgrown reed beds, coppicing mature willows and then using the branches and reeds to create a nesting habitat for insects and small mammals. By clearing the overgrown wetlands just inland from St Ouen’s Bay, the Trust hopes the work will open up the area to a wider variety of plant, animal and insect life. RBC Wealth Management’s Environmental Officer in the British Isles, Francis Binney, who set up the ongoing partnership with the National Trust, feels it is important to have a long term commitment. ‘The Trust is hugely reliant on volunteers to help maintain their sites. We began supporting this work in February and our volunteers really appreciate seeing the fruits of their labour from start to finish,’ he explained. ‘Even with the weekend’s high winds we had a good turn out and the team worked really hard to open up the site. It’s great to see that our support is helping to bring the ponds back to their former beauty and biodiversity.’ This follow-up weekend saw the volunteers continuing the work they started earlier in the year on the north side of the wetlands and moving further south, into the newly landscaped ponds. Further information about RBC’s global commitment to water based environmental projects can be found at www.rbc.com/environment/bluewater -(ends)-