A TEAM of volunteers from Bank of America Europe Card Services have swapped their work wear for muddy boots and spades to help out the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in Bickley.
A team of 17 staff from the Bank’s Affinity Marketing Team, based at the Chester Business Park joined the Trust’s Reserves and Land Management Officer, Rob Roberts for a day in the field – literally, as they tackled installing stock fencing on the charity’s 200-acre farm at Bickley Hall, near Malpas.
Home to herds of both Dexter and Longhorn cattle, as well as Hebridean sheep, several kilometres of fencing runs across the farm surrounding the Trust’s headquarters, which needs routinely replacing to help manage the grazing at the farm.
The farm is home to the Trust’s unique ‘flying flocks’ which are used by other conservation groups and charities such as the RSPB and National Trust, to graze land in a way that provides maximum benefits to wildlife, however Bickley Hall is their home base.
The Bank of America volunteers installed about 50 metres of fencing, using traditional tools and equipment.
Rob Roberts from the Trust said: “When several pairs of brightly-coloured wellies walk into our muddy farmyard you wonder if these guys know what they’ve let themselves in for! All credit to the gang from Bank of America though, as they all got stuck in straight away, despite the heavy gear and rain that didn’t seem to want to go away all day.”
Rajiv Gupta, director of affinity marketing at Bank of America Europe Card Services, said: “Our team were really keen to get involved in this project and we were all pleased to have been able to play our part in supporting the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.”