One day, 120 volunteers and a lot of digging!

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28 November 2015 and 5 March 2016

120 volunteers – employees, members, friends and family – came together to help us plant 8,500 trees. But we've still got a lot to do! We'll be planting more woodlands around the UK as part of our plan to make a healthy environment for all. 

We pledged to plant one tree for every 3 members that chose to receive their AGM pack by email – and 117,000 of you did, so we'll be planting a whopping 40,000 trees. That's on top of the 17,000 trees we're planting for Nationwide employees.

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All our lives are better when they're a bit wild

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is one of the UK's leading environmental charities. It creates living landscapes across Wiltshire by restoring, reconnecting and recreating wildlife habitats. The WWT is part of the UK Wildlife Trusts movement – a network of 47 local Trusts managing a total of 2,300 nature reserves.

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The green space we're creating has protected public access rights – so local communities can enjoy the woodlands for years to come. The woodlands themselves will benefit the environment, supporting the plants, wildlife and acting as a natural flood defence.

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Nationwide woodlands

Steve's story

"It was great to take part in some tree planting with my family and spend the day outdoors doing something positive for the environment." 

Steve, Nationwide member

Nationwide and the WWT

We were delighted to work with the WWT to create our first woodland. It's all part of our plan to build a sustainable business, reduce our environmental impact and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the communities we work in. We'll be creating more woodlands around the UK with local Trusts.

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The detail

Working side by side to create Nationwide woodlands

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Ravensroost Wood near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.


28 November 2015 & 5 March 2016

Skills needed?

A sense of adventure and love of being outdoors, whatever the weather!

Anything else?

We asked volunteers to wear suitable warm clothes and sturdy shoes. We provided all tools and guidance on how to plant the trees.



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The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust does vital work helping natural habitats recover from decline, and protecting and sustaining wildlife sites.

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We’re working side by side with our members and employees to make a positive difference to local communities and charities throughout the UK.

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