On 6th December, we held our 9th Winter Pimm’s Networking event in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust, at Barossa in Camberley.
Lots of lovely local businesses turned up to help us cut down the Scots Pines that cover the heath land, to allow the rare habitat to flourish.
We had the lovely team from Sweets and Fudge keeping us warm with tea, coffee and hot chocolate while we enjoyed some informal networking in the morning, before the real work started!
After a welcome from our MD, Steve, and a briefing from Site Manager, Ben…
…we set off onto the heath land to start chopping!
Why this work is so important to the Wildlife Trust
The land at Barossa is covered in non-indigenous Scots Pine, which is really harmful to the heath land 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.
Lunch was once again provided by the wonderful Surrey Markets. Tillingbourne Farm kept us all fuelled with delicious sausages and chilli, so a huge thank you to the team – we couldn’t do it without you!
After lunch everyone went back out to help the rangers cut down as many trees as possible to clear the heath land. We’re delighted to say that we cleared 1.25 hectares of trees (the equivalent of just over a rugby pitch!) and saved the Wildlife Trust £4,000 in contractor fees.
Orange Ribbon Prizes
Some lucky guests found orange ribbons tied to the trees and won a prize! Well done to our lucky winners who received:
- 2 x 50-min massages courtesy of The Massage Company
- 1-year Surrey Wildlife Trust membership, courtesy of Surrey Wildlife Trust
- Goat Adoption pack, courtesy of Surrey Wildlife Trust
- Bottle of bespoke Login Gin, courtesy of projectfive
- Game of Four Ball, courtesy of East Berks Golf Club
- 3-course meal for 2 at Bella Italia, courtesy of Collectively Camberley
- 2 x games opf Laser Quest for 6 people at Tenpin Camberley, courtesy of Collectively Camberley
A big thank you…
We’re delighted to say that we raised £1,500 for Surrey Wildlife Trust and we want to say a huge thank you to Surrey Wildlife Trust for looking after us on the day, to our partners Surrey Markets, Thames Basin Heath, Collectively Camberley, Surrey Chambers, Sweets & Fudge, CMPP, Surrey Climate Commission, Rosanna and her handmade leather bags and purses, to Tom from Yes Events and of course everyone that came on the day – we really couldn’t have done it without you!