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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
After lunch, we all went back out and worked hard to clear as many trees as we could.
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!
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:
- A spa day for 2 at Foxhills – courtesy of Surrey Chambers of Commerce
- Golf 4 Ball – courtesy of Pine Ridge
- Meal for 2 – courtesy of Sugar Dumplin
- Hamper of goodies – courtesy of Camberley Starbucks
- Massage voucher – courtesy of The Massage Company
- Google Chrome Cast – courtesy of Surrey Residents Network
- Festive hamper – courtesy of Collectively Camberley
- Bottle of Champagne – courtesy of Optichrome
- Lindt Lindor Balls (2) – courtesy of Waitrose Bagshot
- Christmas Tree Decorating Kit – courtesy of projectfive
There was a real feeling of accomplishment, seeing what we’d all achieved for the Wildlife Trust that day. Well done everyone!
A huge thank you to everyone that came and supported us that day – we really couldn’t have done it without you!
Were you at Winter Pimm’s Networking this year? Please share your experience of the day in the comments section below!