Swapping the office for a day in a field is good for body and soul

Two large local companies have given “something back” in terms of helping wildlife by encouraging their employees to volunteer for the day.

A group of thirteen, 17 to 70 year olds, comprising apprentices, machine operators, managers and directors from Spincraft volunteered to help improve habitat for the endangered small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly (SPBF), under the guidance of Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project Officer -Anne Porter.

The youngest member of the Spincraft team loved every minute of the day, even though the task was very prickly


The Spincraft team also helped erect an owl box in one of the Scots pine trees on the site

This varied group gelled like a well-oiled machine, with no work heirarchy, everyone was free to do whatever they felt was appropriate for the task in hand- clearing gorse. Humour was a vital ingredient of the day. Social interaction across all levels of the team was infectious. Being able to communicate with colleagues in other parts of the business was valuable. Everyone was committed to the task and had a sense of purpose, was empowered, worked hard in the fresh air and were completely detached from daily stress – a great mental health benefit.

The Siemens team

Eleven employees from Siemens came to help improve habitat for the Dingy Skipper butterfly at Derwent reservoir again people with diverse roles within the company gathered to get stuck in, have a good time and to achieve something total different from their everyday work life. Everyone really enjoyed the day and were glad they were able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.

Swapping pens for loppers, wonderful views and fresh air instead of computer screens, throw in some relaxed company and some physical exertion and it was a work day like no other!

Employees from Siemens hold hands to mark out the extent of gorse they cleared