This week, Durrell’s Organic Farm is set to undergo an extensive makeover as it is relocated and transformed to improve Durrell’s self-sustainability. Starting on Tuesday 18th until Friday 21st October, every member of staff at Santander Private Banking in Jersey will volunteer a full working day to the renovation of the farm, which produces over 80% of the foliage used to feed the animals at the park each year, saving in excess of £30,000 annually.

Over the next four days, more than 120 Santander Private Banking staff will be rolling up their sleeves and donning their Wellies, as they try their hand at a host of essential handy work. Staff will be helping to relocate the organic farm and completely refurbish Durrell Conservation Trust’s waste management area.  The current site is exposed to the elements and is now showing its age, with rotting walls and crumbling dividers between the different waste streams.  The area generates a large quantity of ‘Durrell waste’ which, once broken down, serves as fantastic fertiliser for the organic farm, helping to further improve farm yields.

The work to relocate and renovate both the organic farm and the waste management area is expected to bring significant financial, practical and operational benefits to Durrell, whilst enabling more efficient use of the land and resources available. The farm’s new position and layout has been specially designed to allow the expansion of its organic cultivation. This means that Durrell will be able to grow more organic produce on site, with plans to open a Durrell farm shop in the future, helping to generate much needed additional funds to support care for its inhabitants.

Paul Masterton, Durrell Chief Executivesaid “The relocation and development of the organic farm is a real boost to the teams working in that area and will save the Trust significant long term investment.  Generous support from companies such as Santander Private Banking means that more of Durrell’s precious resources can be focussed on our core mission – to save endangered species from extinction.”

The week culminates with Durrell’s Madagascar25 Soiree, celebrating 25 years of saving species and supporting communities in Madagascar; this year’s event is sponsored by Santander Private Banking, key supporters of environmental protection and conservation. Santander Private Banking has also agreed to support Durrell by part funding the development of the organic farm project. Managing Director Colin Huelin says: “At Santander Private Banking we are committed to investing and working in partnership with the broader community in which we operate. Volunteering on the Durrell Organic Farm project not only enables the company to engage with a truly worthwhile charity, it offers our staff a real team building activity with tangible results. It is those results that will benefit Durrell, and the community as a whole. ”

Santander Private Banking in Jersey is part of the Santander Private Banking Division, which operates in Europe, Latin America, and USA, making it one of the largest private banks in the world.