Volunteers from manufacturer, British Engines, planted 100 trees at a local National Trust site to commemorate 100 years.
Ten volunteers from group companies, Bel Valves, CMP Products, Michell Bearings and Rotary Power planted 100 trees at the Wallington site. The wider, landscape-scale project, ‘Wilder Wallington’, aims to plant one million trees by 2030, as well as reintroduce native species and improve peatlands and waterways.
Following extensive damage from Storm Arwen in 2021, the British Engines Group volunteers helped with the planting of a brand-new woodland on the West Belt site, demonstrating the company’s commitment to a greener, more sustainable future for North East manufacturing.
Richard Dodd, CEO of the British Engines Group, said: “The National Trust is the biggest conservation charity in Europe and we’re delighted to be marking this anniversary with an initiative that will benefit the local community that we have been a part of for one hundred years, and hopefully many more years to come.”
“Supporting projects like this demonstrates British Engines’ commitment to transitioning to a low carbon future. As we continue manufacturing, it’s important to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint for the future.”
Helen McDonald, Lead Ranger at the National Trust, Wallington, said: “It was lovely to welcome the group from British Engines to Wallington and help mark their special anniversary year with tree planting. Wallington was severally impacted by Storm Arwen and it’s been wonderful to receive help and support from this local company, as well as others, to help us rebuild and recover. The native broadleaf woodland they have helped plant will be a haven for wildlife and a beautiful space for visitors to enjoy too.”
Incorporated in 1922, the British Engines Group celebrated its centenary throughout the year with a royal visit to its Simonside manufacturing facility, along with an employee event at iconic international music centre, Sage Gateshead.
Throughout its 100 years, the group has provided continuous support and investment to the local community, including working with schools throughout the region, supporting the TDR Trust and sponsoring the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club programme, which provides primary school children with a nutritious start to their day.
Find out more about 100 Years of The British Engines Group.