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Winter Pimm’s 2016
December 5, 2016

On Friday 2nd December, we held our 6th Winter Pimm’s Networking event at Barossa in Camberley, in aid of Surrey Wildlife Trust. And thanks to the 154 people that turned up to support the event, it was quite possibly our BEST YET!


We arrived on-site at 8am to get set up. The teams from Surrey Wildlife Trust and Natural England were already there and had the fires going.

SPA Warden and fire edited

We were joined by the lovely local teams from the Camberley Starbucks and Sugar Dumplin, as they got ready to make tea, coffee and a delicious Caribbean lunch for everyone.


At 10.30am everyone started to arrive and the fun began!

Ben safety briefing - edited for blog

So why were we chopping down trees?
The land at Barossa is covered in non-indigenous Scots Pine, which is really harmful to the heathland habitat below it. The lowland heath is an extremely rare habitat, that is home to a variety of protected species, that simply cannot survive anywhere else. So the work everyone did on the day was vital.


Fire and Wardens - edited for blog


After tea/coffee (huge thanks to Ellie and Livvy from Starbucks in Camberley!) and networking, the first order of the day was to go and cut down your own Christmas tree to take home!

Tree chopping - cropped for blog

Happy tree chopping - Winter Pimms


That little bit special…
This is what makes the Winter Pimm’s Networking event different from the rest – it’s not often that you can say you have actually searched for, picked and chopped your own Christmas tree down; making it that little bit more special once it’s up in your home.


Lunch al fresco…
After all that tree-cutting, we were refuelled by a delicious lunch of jerk chicken, butternut squash creole and rice & peas; courtesy of Camberley-based Caribbean Restaurant, Sugar Dumplin, which went down very well with everyone! Massive thanks to the team for feeding us on the day!

Sugar dump edited for blog

After lunch, we all went back out and worked hard to clear as many trees as we could.

Burning trees - Winter Pimms 2016

What we achieved…
We managed to clear just under 5 acres of non-indigenous and invasive Scots Pine – that’s equivalent to 2 rugby pitches! OUTSTANDING!

Tree burning wide shot - Winter PImms 2016


We rounded off the day with cups of Winter Pimm’s and the orange ribbon prize draw. Well done to our lucky winners who received:

Prize table - Winter PImms 2016

There was a real feeling of accomplishment, seeing what we’d all achieved for the Wildlife Trust that day. Well done everyone!

Group by xmas tree - Winter Pimms 2016

A huge thank you to everyone that came and supported us that day – we really couldn’t have done it without you!

Group pic at the end - Winter PImms


Were you at Winter Pimm’s Networking this year? Please share your experience of the day in the comments section below!

7 responses to “Winter Pimm’s 2016”

  1. Ian Crocker says:

    A great day, really well organised, and a HUGE sense of achievement. What’s not to love?!

  2. Suzy Foden says:

    We @ SGS are lucky enough to take part in this event every year, which just keeps getting bigger and better. It was a fabulous day, so well organised by Projectfive. Hard work? Yes! Tiring? Yes! Rewarding? Absolutely! Thank you so much to all who organised, catered & educated. If you are thinking of joining next not hesitate..

  3. Mo says:

    My first winter Pimms, certainly wont be my last…Loved it

  4. A really excellent day out doing something worthwhile for the Surrey Wildlife Trust, getting some rigorous outdoor exercise and making valuable business connections in the process.

    I look forward to next years…

    Many thanks for organising such a great day Projectfive

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