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Tree crate carpenters get to work at Reabrook event in The National Forest

Thursday, 9th April 2015

Tree crate caroebters

National Forest sponsor Reabrook Limited gathered saws, hammers and spades for a day out in the woods with employees and their families recently. Staff were invited to help put the finishing touches to the company’s sponsored woodland at Boothorpe, a few hundred yards from the company’s buildings at Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch.

Over thirty staff members and their families joined joint managing directors Tony Brealey and Malcolm Watkins and their families to build tree protection crates and plant smaller trees and shrubs at the woodland edge.

Part of the landscape design for new woodlands at Boothorpe includes parkland trees, where larger individual trees are planted in open areas, where grazing is likely to be introduced. Tree crates protect the growing trees from grazing cattle, enabling them to develop into beautiful trees within the wider landscape.

The children helped plant the trees and shrubs. The woodland edge is one of the most important and interesting sections of a woodland, as it is the point of access for wildlife and where many small mammals and insects live. The youngsters planted cherry, wild privet, hazel, crab apple, dog rose and blackthorn.

Tony Brealey said: “With rolling hills and panoramic views across the area, the Boothorpe site lends itself well to use as pasture and parkland.  It was fantastic to see our employees and their families planting shrubs and working well together to build the protective tree crates.  The work completed on the day should ensure the protection of the established trees in the area, should grazing cattle be introduced.”

Before the main work of the day began outside, the two groups of shrub planters and tree crate carpenters all enjoyed a brief update on the progress of The National Forest, which reaches its first quarter century next year.  Over eight million trees have been planted and woodland creation still continues, but equally important is looking after the woodlands that have been planted, managing the trees for timber and for the enjoyment of everyone who uses the woods near where they live and work within the 200 square miles of the Forest.

John Everitt, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: “The National Forest Company continues to create this unique forest, transforming the landscape to bring social, economic and environmental benefits, but we cannot do it alone.  Reabrook is an inspiring example of how others can help, in this case financially and with their practical work on site.  It’s great that staff and their families have given such enthusiastic support at every stage in creating the beautiful woodland at Boothorpe.” 

Reabrook chose to support the National Forest Company (the organisation responsible for creating The National Forest) not only because its 16-acre manufacturing site is located within the heart of The National Forest, but also because the local nature of the scheme has enabled employees to get involved with the project directly, to help with the tree planting and woodland management, to see the impact their work has on the local area.

A privately owned business, Reabrook manufactures and supplies a wide range of aerosol and liquid products under private label and for its own brands Arrow Solutions and Nielsen. As an organisation, Reabrook complies with a number of initiatives to minimise waste and actively works to reduce its energy usage. The company has been recognised over the last two years with the prestigiousBAMA (the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association)industry awards for both sustainability and corporate responsibility. 

In naming Reabrook winner of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for its work with the National Forest Company, the judges praised the partnership as“a really heart-warming initiative” and commented that they “loved the sense of family, community” it fostered.