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Car giant staff help spruce up forestry centre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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STAFF from the South Derbyshire base of a car giant took time out from making vehicles to help spruce up a popular tourist attraction.

Employees from Toyota’s Burnaston factory volunteered for the day at Rosliston Forestry Centre as part of the firm’s Business in the Community (BITC) initiative, called Give and Gain day.

The team undertook a range of tasks such as general gardening and forestry duties, including the creation of a fairy glade in the deep dark wood.

The fairy glade will be an area of discovery which will bring alive the forest to younger children.

Nick Freeman, Toyota assistant general manager of corporate planning and external affairs, said: “We were really pleased to be involved with the BITC Give and Gain day and to visit the Rosliston Forestry Centre again this year.

“At Toyota Manufacturing UK, we are committed to supporting our local communities and this project allows us to support our key community focus areas of environment, children, health and education.”

The event is an annual day of volunteering where businesses show they are really committed to their communities.

The impact and change was felt by communities throughout the UK during the day, and also allowed employees to make a difference in the community and experience the personal satisfaction of volunteering.

Kate Allies, South Derbyshire District Council environmental development manager, said: “The team was delighted to welcome Toyota back for a day of design and build activities in the woods, enhancing the exciting activities we have here at Rosliston.

“The team created a magical fairy glade for the centre – we are very excited and can’t wait to share this with our younger visitors”

South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler was on hand to view the progress made by the volunteers.

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