21st June 2012: Volunteers from local CEMEX UK sites and offices spent the day helping to plant over 400 trees at the RSPB nature reserve, Baron’s Haugh, as part of the company’s volunteering scheme, Lendahand.
The scheme gives the company’s employees eight hours paid leave to volunteer for a charity or organization of their own choice. Seven volunteers worked hard at the RSPB site to turn over-grown grassland into meadows that offer a more diverse landscape for the wildlife.
This area of the reserve has not been managed for the last few years and the aim is to create meadow paddocks divided into narrow strips with hedgerow, made up of hawthorn, blackthorn, holly, hazel and wild rose. This combination of trees will create a wide diversity of habitat offering food (from the flowers and berries) and shelter as well as ‘corridors’ through which the wildlife can move relatively safely across the meadow.
The seven volunteers were from the CEMEX offices and operations in the local area including the quarries at Hyndford and Cambusmore, and offices in Uddingston. As well as helping with the planting and staking of the trees, they were also involved in ground preparation.
“I was amazed by how much work the CEMEX volunteers got through, all the ground preparation and 435 trees planted in one day is good going. Hopefully in a few years they will be able to come back and gain the satisfaction of seeing their thriving hedgerow, making a real positive impact on the wildlife at RSPB Baron’s Haugh.” Commented Stephen Owen, RSPB Warden Baron’s Haugh.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- For further information contact Elizabeth Young, Communications t. 01932 583214 firstname.lastname@example.org. Photograph can be downloaded from Flickr
- In 2007, CEMEX signed a global Memorandum of Understanding with Birdlife International. This involves a 10-year partnership for BirdLife's counsel, advice and expertise that will be integrated into the management of over 400 quarry sites operated by CEMEX around the world. The Birdlife International partner in the UK is Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB); and so this complementary relationship is intended to help drive CEMEX’s improvement of its biodiversity management at a more local level.
- CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the concrete-block paving, and concrete block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 360 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk, www.CEMEX.com