As part of its volunteering programme, Ecotone UK, the owner of Beaminster based, Clipper Teas, has given 11 employees time off work to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in with clearing up a popular local wildlife spot.
Working in collaboration with the National Trust in West Dorset, the Clipper teas volunteers joined two National Trust Rangers at Fishpond Bottom near Lamberts Castle in a packed two-day programme to help maintain the area.
The reeds had become overgrown and an invasive non-native aquatic plant – Crassula – covered the whole surface of the pond. It had been two years since the pond was last cleared and the Crassula plant had outgrown all of the native vegetation, creating problems for wildlife such as frogs and toads being unable to spawn.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication to all involved, the surface of the pond was successfully cleared making it easier for the local wildlife to access such as deer, water spiders, newts, frogs and dragon flies.
The volunteers, who all work in the office and factory for Clipper Teas, took part in the activity which aligns with the company’s mission to protect and grow biodiversity. It was a labour-intensive few days but enjoyed by all who took park, marking a positive team-building exercise.
The Clipper team worked really hard putting so much care and effort into what they were doing. The end result for the conservation of the site is brilliant and is certainly something we could not have achieved without the help of the staff over the two days. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. This has been a perfect example of a ‘win-win’ for us all.Elizabeth Flight, The National Trust West Dorset
We had a brilliant day and it was a great opportunity to come together as a team to support biodiversity. Though it was hard work, it was worth our efforts with the sun shining and even a deer welcoming us in the morning. We look forward to more local projects with the Trust this winter that can continue to help the environment, in keeping with our mission as a company.Jean- René Grailhe, Clipper Technical Manager at Ecotone UK
Our volunteering scheme gives our employees the opportunity to take time away from work to support on a local biodiversity boosting project of their choice. Volunteering gives people a chance to give back to their local community in an activity which is true to our company values and is great for supporting mental health too. We contacted the National Trust who straight away found an excellent project that our team could get involved in and are already looking forward to working with them again.Ann Chamber, HR Director at Ecotone UK
Many thanks to the Clipper team for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the two days. They have made a significant impact, clearing a third of the pong and creating plenty of open water for native vegetation and wildlife.Jon Sibthorp, Ranger at National Trust West Dorset
This is part of ongoing efforts to support nature at the Beaminster site and beyond, including the additions of a bee-friendly rest space for staff at Clipper. In further volunteering efforts, the team built two wildflower beds and bee hotels to care for solitary bees over the winter.
Clipper Teas has called Dorset it’s home for over 38 years and prides itself on supporting the local community where possible. In addition to the local National Trust, Clipper is also committed to further volunteering activities with the Prout Bridge Project.
All of Clipper’s natural, fair, and delicious teas are made with high environmental and ethical standards, from the ingredients sourced to the production and packaging processes. The Beaminster factory is where all of Clipper Teas are blended and packed. The factory itself is powered by renewable energy sources, and 99 percent of production waste converted into biomethane to generate green energy.