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From Strength to Strength: Lex Autolease and The National Forest

Friday, 31st October 2014

Lex Autolease planting trees in The National Forest; Tim Porter, Managing Director, on right

The long-standing partnership between Lex Autolease and the National Forest Company (NFC) is about to enter an exciting new phase. The UK’s largest fleet funding and management specialist, Lex Autolease has worked closely with the NFC since 2006 and has now agreed to extend the partnership until 2016.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the NFC, is delighted. She said: 'The key aim of the partnership is to support the transformation of the forest landscape, bring more wildlife into the area, connect communities and support the local economy into the future.'

Over the next two years Lex Autolease will support a new area of forest creation near the villages of Ratby and Groby in Leicestershire, which gives the first opportunity to engage a whole generation of young people in the design, creation and management of a new woodland site right next to their schools. The partnership will also create a new multi-user surfaced trail linking over 50,000 people in Moira, Woodville and Swadlincote to the National Forest Cycle Centre at Hicks Lodge, just outside Ashby de la Zouch, and its miles of safe off-road cycling.

Tim Porter, Managing Director of Lex Autolease (above right), commented:  'I’m really proud that colleagues in Lex Autolease continue to make such a significant and practical investment in the environment and communities in which we operate, to help realise our vision of becoming the leading environmentally-responsible vehicle leasing business in the UK.'

Since 2006, the partnership with Lex Autolease has enabled the creation of:

  • two new woodlands, at Pick Triangle in South Derbyshire and Packington in North West Leicestershire, planting a total of 120,000 trees in the central former coalfield of the Forest; 
  • a community programme to support engagement by local people and young people with the new woodland at Packington;
  • a new multi user trail linking the 16,000 people living in the communities of Castle and Church Gresley with the Heart of the Forest  area and all its attractions, network of trails, open green spaces and woodlands;
  • and Lex Autolease colleagues have volunteered regularly to plant trees such as oak, silver birch, wild cherry and lime; create access routes and new pathways through woodlands; prune young trees into shape; and carry out other site works within woodlands and other habitats across the Forest.

If you are inspired by Lex Autolease’s work in The National Forest and would like to get involved, see www.nationalforest.org/sponsor/