Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust has donated £9,400 to Sherwood Forest Trust to allow them to develop a bespoke community a tree nursery, while colleagues at the Society have helped to plant over 150 oak trees at Strawberry Hill in Mansfield.

Sherwood Forest Trust is a dedicated charity working not just for the natural environment of the forest, but for local people and communities. The Trust works tirelessly with Nottinghamshire communities to help repair the fragmented landscape of the former Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood. Founded in 1995, Sherwood Forest Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to Sherwood Forest.

Mansfield Building Society colleagues are no strangers to planting trees, having pulled together in 2020 to help Sherwood Forest Trust plant more than 300 trees in the grounds of Portland College. And the society was keen to get stuck in again in 2021 to plant saplings grown from Sherwood Forest’s very own acorns.

Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive for Sherwood Forest Trust commented:

“This fantastic donation from Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust enables us to create a community tree nursery. Once the new polytunnel is constructed and fitted out, we aim to collect 10,000 new tree seeds a year which we will then be able to germinate and grow on for re-planting across Sherwood Forest.

The polytunnel will provide a sustainable supply of saplings needed for tree planting projects carried out each season – something we all urgently need to do. We’re looking forward to working alongside local schools, organisations, businesses and universities to help replenish Sherwood Forest and improve our environment.”

Dale Twigger, Marketing Manager at Mansfield Building Society, who coordinated the latest tree planting day said:

“The colleagues who have given up their time to plant trees have not only benefitted the local environment for many years to come, they’ve also had fun doing it too! With our Charitable Trust donating to help enable a continuous sustainable supply of saplings, it’s critical that in the years ahead that we all take this opportunity to plant more trees across north Nottinghamshire.

We’re therefore keen to not rest on our laurels and are looking forward to working with Sherwood Forest Trust further to help meet ambitious plans for our future local environment.”

If you would like more information on the fantastic work Sherwood Forest Trust do, visit www.sherwoodforesttrsut.org.uk

To learn more about Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust, please visit mansfieldbs.co.uk/charitable-trust

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