Artex volunteers for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Wilford Claypits Nature Reserve

Volunteering by Artex team members gives back to local community and delivers on environmental commitment.

Six volunteers from across the Artex business spent a day helping the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at its Wilford Claypits Nature Reserve last month.

The site, once an industrial quarry and now a flora and fauna haven, needs ongoing maintenance to promote and maintain this biodiversity. By helping out with essential tasks, such as hay cutting, raking and general clearance, the volunteers have helped to create a suitable habitat for orchids to thrive and prevent grasses and trees from dominating the marshland area, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Describing this important volunteering role, Kev Lees, a Production Operative at the Artex Ruddington site in Nottingham, said: “It was fantastic – really worthwhile and enjoyable. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart and being able to give something back to nature, as nature gives us so much, is really important. We’re also keen to take the learnings for our own wildlife management on site here at Artex.”

This opportunity to gain practical experience for improving the biodiversity around Ruddington was hugely beneficial for Kev and the other volunteers, which included Ted Elliott, Paul Harby, Hannah Wall and Paul Marshall.

As well as volunteering at Wilford Claypits, Artex also supports the woodland project at Rushcliffe Country Park, which is one of a number of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust projects that it supports through partnership with local sister companies British Gypsum and Formula within the Saint-Gobain group.