On Tuesday 13th August, 12 staff from the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel reconvened with their chosen charity Jersey Trees for Life for a day of hedgerow sickeling and to donate £625 to support their works.
Since pledging their support to the charity in November 2012, the Radisson Blu team have planted over 366 whips and 25 trees as part of the Jersey Trees for Life Hedgerow Campaign to compliment their role as Eco Active Red Squirrel Habitat Champion. Revisiting Grouville farmland, the team took about sickleing brambles and weeds that had since grown around these whips restricting light and growth.
Maintenance of theses hedgerows is vital; the Jersey Trees for Life Hedgerow Campaign was set up to stimulate organic growth and enhance the island’s countryside ensuring that the hedgerows grow tall and strong so they can act as wildlife corridors for local inhabitants including the red squirrel population.
Conrad Evans, Arboriculture Officer of Jersey Trees for Life, thanking the Radisson Blu for their efforts commented, ‘Without this maintenance work the hedgerows and trees simply would fade and die with the unchecked growth of weeds and brambles. Thanks to the hard work put in today, these hedging whips will grow to maturity to support the local habitat and preserve the green and pleasant countryside in Jersey. This work is necessary and we’re grateful for the support of the team at the Radisson Blu.’
Presenting a cheque for £625 to the charity, Sven Wiltink, Co-Responsible Business Coordinator at the Hotel said, ‘We’re proud to actively support such a worthwhile cause and it’s great to revisit areas where we have already planted to see the fruits of our labour from previous months. We look forward to a continued partnership with Jersey Trees for Life and will contribute our time and resources to these projects to maintain our beautiful countryside for years to come’.