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Our colleagues at British Gypsum and Saint-Gobain Formula recently recognised a 20-year milestone in the development of Beacon Hill Conservation Park in Newark.

The community oasis, a former gypsum site, was gifted to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 2001 with £800,000 by Saint-Gobain brand British Gypsum to fund the development and careful management of the land.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the transfer, colleagues from British Gypsum and Saint-Gobain Formula joined Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust employees and volunteers to carry out key conservation work at the Park.

Saint-Gobain volunteers at Beacon Hill Conservation Park

Together we worked hard to carry out much-needed footpath management work and hedge cutting along with a general tidy-up of the popular reserve for the local wildlife and community to continue to enjoy.

Saint-Gobain Formula also kindly donated three new wooden benches which were installed by our volunteers on the day for visitors to perch and enjoy the nature reserve for years to come.

Saint-Gobain Formula donated a new bench to mark the 20-year anniversary

This anniversary has not only shown how our colleagues can improve their wellbeing by getting closer to nature but we’re honored and humbled to play our part in the future legacy and development of the Beacon Hill Conservation Park.

Protecting local woodlands and wildlife is at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s purpose of Making the World a Better Home and the global pandemic only served to highlight how essential green spaces like this are to local communities for improved mental health and wellbeing.

Saint-Gobain volunteers at Beacon Hill Conservation Park

A green oasis

Twenty years on the site has truly flourished and it’s a space to be proud of. The lush 45-acre nature reserve features an extensive network of habitats of significant wildlife value including scrub, woodland, hedgerows and grassland.

Birds, bees and butterflies inhabit the site while a large central area of the reserve, previously a landfill site, has been restored as a wildflower meadow with a wood gulley at the southern edge. The reserve is home to a wide range of biodiversity with notable species found on the site such as fox, buzzard, kestrel, tree creeper, skylark and meadow pipit. Two notable moths, the fern and Haworth’s pug have also been recorded here.

Flora species such as ash, field maple, hawthorn, pedunculate oak, cow parsley, red clover and wild parsnip can be found here too.

We are so pleased to continue to support this important and proactive wildlife charity, both through our corporate partnership and through our teams getting involved in many volunteering days of action. We look forward to seeing Beacon Hill Reserve continue to evolve and be an attractive place for both wildlife and local residents to visit.

Saint-Gobain volunteers at Beacon Hill Conservation Park


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