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Getting involved with local projects to support biodiversity and sustainability


Animalcare, the UK veterinary pharmaceutical company which is based in York and proud Vet Sustain supporter, recently took part in two different local sustainability initiatives.

To help to protect the Yorkshire countryside, Animalcare employees took part in scrub clearing operation in Barlow Common Nature Reserve to remove Himalayan Balsam, an invasive species of plant which, if left untreated, can cause riverbank degradation and prevent indigenous plants from growing.

Barlow Common in Selby is part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring wildlife and wild places in Yorkshire and encouraging people to have a genuine and meaningful connection with nature. The scrub clear was part of Animalcare’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The company has achieved carbon neutral status and is continually working to ensure that it integrates social and environmental concerns in its business operations.

Kai Crawshaw - invasive species removal at Barlow Common
Kai Crawshaw, Brand Manager at Animalcare said: ‘As a business, we strongly feel that we need to play a part in protecting the natural world and ensuring that we operate in the most environmentally friendly way possible. It was great to be able to take part in the scrub clear, particularly since it’s near our headquarters. ‘We’d encourage other businesses to get involved, not only is it worthwhile, it’s also a lot of fun!’.

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Saltersgate Primary School in Scawsby, Doncaster, also recently welcomed representatives of Animalcare to help plant 100 trees in the school grounds. As part of the Forest School experience, pupils, staff and the Animalcare team planted new saplings, grown in the UK including Crab Apple, Hazel, Oak and Silver Birch, to create wildlife habitats and encourage biodiversity.

The children gained hands on experience of how trees are planted and learned about how trees impact the world we live in. To facilitate the tree planting, Animalcare joined forces with Carbon Footprint, a company committed to helping environmentally responsible businesses reduce the impact their business activities have on the environment, and Tree Appeal, which works with environmentally responsible companies to help them reduce their carbon footprint to facilitate the tree planting.

Rachel Smithson, General Manager at Animalcare said: ‘We had a great day with the children from Saltersgate Infant School. We’d like to thank everyone who took part for helping us reach our aim of planting 100 trees. This is part of our commitment to environmental education and to reducing the impact we have on the natural world.’

Jenny Coy, Saltersgate Infant School’s Forest Schools Practitioner added: ‘The ethos of Forest School is one of child centred learning. Children can explore the natural environment and plant trees and seeds. We’d like to thank Animalcare for sponsoring these trees and for coming along to help plant them.’

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