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Holland & Barrett Announce Partnership with The National Forest

Monday, 27th January 2014

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, with Gurdial Flora, Director of Property

The UK’s largest health-food retailer Holland & Barrett today launched a project to create four hectares of new woodland in The National Forest.

The project is the first under the retailer’s “Healthy Hope” initiative, created to help local groups, charities and organisations benefit from funding.

Both the retailer’s Head Office in Nuneaton and Distribution Centre in Burton upon Trent are within 45 minutes of the new site in Charnwood, Leicestershire, which is currently open ground.

The three year project is the latest in Holland & Barrett’s commitment to the environment, including  switching all 700 of its UK stores to use renewable energy, and banning single-use plastic bags in favour of reusable materials.

Eager to visualise the impact the company’s support will have, Holland & Barrett’s Group Director of Property, Gurdial Flora, met Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, to explore The National Forest and see a newly planted woodland. 

Sophie guided Gurdial through the developments at Hicks Lodge, near Ashby de la Zouch, to illustrate the positive effect of new woodland and maturing trees, and invited Gurdial to plant an oak tree. He commented on the difference that woodland and habitat creation makes to the wider environment and witnessed the benefits to people and wildlife.

Gurdial Flora, from Holland & Barrett, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of what our woodland will look like in a few years. We are delighted to support The National Forest in this way: we employ thousands nationwide including at our head office in Nuneaton and distribution centre in Burton upon Trent, who can all enjoy the marvellous resource that is The National Forest, and as a national company we are excited to be part of the visionary work of the Forest, one of the boldest environmental initiatives in the country.”

Sophie Churchill, National Forest Company, said: “Holland & Barrett’s support for the National Forest Company is invaluable, way beyond creating a new area of woodland.  We constantly work to increase the impact of all that we do, and are always looking to help people make the most of the Forest.  Holland & Barrett reaches so many people with an interest in health and the environment, this new partnership is a natural match and we are looking forward to working together to improve the quality of life for our local communities, visitors and wildlife.”

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, with Gurdial Flora, Director of Property, Holland & Barrett, plant a tree in The National Forest