Banking on some new dry stone walls at Bardon Hill

Banking on some new dry stone walls at Bardon Hill

A team of NatWest business managers have gained a new skill - whilst helping the local community and environment - by spending the day under the guidance of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers ('BCTV') dry stone walling at Bardon Hill.

The East Midlands based NatWest Specialised Relationship Management Team - led by regional director Anthony Read - challenged the BTCV to find them a task similar to one they undertook last year at Carsington Water, in Derbyshire where they built some dead hedges. The only proviso set by the NatWest team was that it must be an outdoor activity which would benefit the community and the surrounding environment.

The BCTV charity was set up in 1959 and has a successful history of environmental conservation volunteering throughout the UK and around the world. It relies heavily on donations and volunteer work to make a difference to the community and environment. Bardon Hill is a site of special scientific interest due to it being the natural habitat of the Charnwood Spider and is a fine example of lowland heath, typical of Charnwood Forest.

The NatWest team took instruction from Alex Lewins, BTCV’s project leader who demonstrated the basic techniques to the art of dry stone walling and made sure that there was something to suit everyone.

NatWest’s Anthony Read said, "We had already experienced the difference the BTCV makes through our work at the Carsington project and were very excited to work at Bardon Hill. One of NatWest’s Customer Charter commitments is to support the communities in which we live and work, and supporting the local area by working with the BTCV is an ideal way of demonstrating this. Building the dry stonewalls was certainly hard work but we all jumped at the chance to get involved and the result is well worth seeing.

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