Serpentine Walk in Buxton transformed for future Buxton generations
27 October 2014 – Over 130 local Nestlé Waters employees, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust supporters, Buxton schoolchildren and members of the community descended on Serpentine Walk opposite the Pavilion Gardens on Thursday last week to take part in Nestlé Waters first ever ‘Get Better with Nature’ Community Day of Action.
The army of volunteers were joined by Andrew Bingham MP, High Peak Borough Councillors Jean Todd, Linda Baldry, Keith Savage and Lynn Stone and other local community groups to create a new wet meadowland habitat in the famous town landmark. In addition to enhancing the local wildlife, the day’s activities helped residents to gain a better understanding of the importance and value of nature.
Hosted in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and High Peak Borough Council, the event saw community members clear away dead wood, grass mowings and scrub as well as plant nearly 600 bluebell and wild garlic bulbs as well as other wetland meadow plants. The result is the creation of a new wetland meadow for generations of Buxtonites and visitors to the park to enjoy.
In order to better understand how interacting with nature can have physical, mental and social benefits, participants took part in additional interactive activities such as wildlife observation and natural art creation, even contributing to make a 39m2 Get Better with Nature logo using organic material found on site. Two additional pieces of nature-inspired artwork depicting dewpond and meadow habitats were also created by children from Burbage Primary, Buxton Junior and Dove Holes primary schools. These will now sit in Pavilion Gardens for three weeks to stand as a reminder of the day’s activities and achievements.
Sian Chapman, Corporate Communications and CSV Manager at Nestlé Waters, said:
“We’ve been absolutely thrilled by the number of volunteers we’ve had at our first Day of Action. The level of commitment and buzz from Buxton residents as they worked to create this permanent fixture in this local landmark has been inspiring. As a water-centred business, health and nature – with the promotion of careful water stewardship and the protection of unique water sources – are at the heart of who we are. The work this community has done here today is an important reminder of the value of nature and the services it provides, and that it’s easy to for all of us to make an impactful difference right in our own backyards.
Matthew Croney, Director of Living Landscapes at the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“Only by working together can we restore our wildlife habitats to create a truly living landscape. So we were delighted that so many people turned out to help one of our most threatened habitats, wet hay meadows, and it was great to see people having so much fun doing it! We hope that everyone will take inspiration from today’s event and continue to get out there to do their bit for their local environment.”
Andrew Bingham MP for High Peak, said:
“I was delighted to take part in the exercise today. It was good to see Nestle Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the community working together, with local schoolchildren planting the bulbs.
“I look forward to seeing the bluebells blooming in May, when the children will see the results of all their hard work.”
The Get Better with Nature campaign is a collaborative, long-term programme aimed at helping raise awareness of the value of nature and its services to health, wellbeing, communities and businesses across the UK. It looks to encourage them to make a positive difference literally, and figuratively, in their own backyards. With a focus on water in the landscape, the activities of the campaign also include educational materials with open forums for discussion, involving local schools, individuals, community groups and Nestlé Waters and Wildlife Trust employees.
The campaign was launched in September this year following research which showed that 93% of local Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, but that nearly two-thirds of respondents thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.
For more information on the campaign, future activities or to become involved please visit www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk.
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About the Nestlé, Nestlé Waters and Wildlife Trusts Partnership
Launched in September 2014, the Get Better with Nature campaign and the pilot in Buxton form
part of a wider partnership between Nestlé UK & Ireland, Nestlé Waters and The Wildlife Trusts. The
partnership aims to engage communities around Nestlé factories with their local environment
through a complementary programme of educational and hands-on activities.
Nestlé Waters is the world’s leading bottled water company, boasting a product portfolio of plain and sparkling water brands including S. Pellegrino®, Aqua Panna®, Perrier®, Buxton Natural Mineral Water® and Nestlé Pure Life®.
Nestlé Waters takes pride in helping its local communities and the environment with a variety initiatives. The company has invested over £35million in a state-of-the-art factory in Buxton and produces one of the lightest weight bottled water products in the UK, using an average of 25 per cent less PET plastic across the range of Buxton and Nestlé Pure Life. The factory achieved BREEAM Excellent for sustainable building and design and the Nestlé Waters business in the UK has been independently audited as zero waste to landfill. The company also supports biodiversity on its site with a butterfly meadow.
Nestlé Waters partners with key collaborators to increase the benefit it can offer society and its local communities, working with NGO’s, Government, local authorities, volunteers, industry and competitors.
For more information about Nestlé Waters and its brands, please visit: http://www.nestle-waters.com/
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, a Registered Charity, is the only organisation working to protect all wildlife across the county. We are one of 47 in The Wildlife Trusts Partnership, a nationwide network of local trusts. We manage 41 nature reserves throughout Derbyshire, advise local authorities and landowners on nature conservation issues and run a range of conservation and education projects.
We are committed to The Wildlife Trusts’ strategy of creating Living Landscapes – robust, connected landscapes that address the challenges facing our wildlife and countryside.