At the start of 2022 we launched a scheme to plant trees and support local environmental causes. For every installation we complete, a tree is planted and money put aside. As we’ve moved into commercial installations we’ve been planting a tree for every 10kW of solar installed. Throughout 2022 we planted 103 trees in The National Forest. The other half of this fund is awarded to local charities who are involved in supporting environmental causes.
Mark Osborne, Managing Director, explains that ‘giving’ is at the very heart of the business “Whether it’s support, money or time, ‘giving back’ should be a part of every business, especially in the current climate. We support our employees when they wish to undertake community or charity work, one of our site team recently trained and took part in a charity boxing project and our Marketing Manager took time off last year as part of HM Coastguard to attend COP26, I myself climbed volcanos in Iceland in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice!”
The current fund though has been developed to support projects closer to home “We wanted to give back to the local community and support green initiatives that would benefit the area we all live in, so this year we identified 3 local causes that have a real impact on local lives”.
The team at Wagner chose to support the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, Sidlesham Primary School Eco Council and Home-Start Chichester & District garden project all of whom joined the team to be presented with their awards of £500.
‘Our plan is to spend the money on supporting our outdoor learning curriculum. Mr Pledger is currently investigating ways to use the money so that some of the children will be able to make birdhouses to be put up around the school. The aim is to make our school environment a more appealing habitat for local wildlife. In addition, we hope to add to the tools available for use during Forest Friday.’
Lois Rowlands accepted the award on behalf of Home-Start “Funding has been an issue for many charities over the last few years with the impact of COVID and the cost-of-living crisis being felt throughout the sector. This award will enable us to work with our families and children to develop a vegetable garden and supply them with their own equipment and seeds to use at home”. More information on the charity, and their vital community work, can be found on their website here; Home-Start Chichester.
The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group will put their funds towards their mission ‘To preserve the unique character of the Manhood Peninsula and inspire local people to care for its wildlife and heritage. To see a place where nature flourishes, history is celebrated, and people thrive.’ The group have many different projects running in the local area. More information on their work can be found online at www.mwhg.org.uk