Led by their Area Manager Giles Hewson, fourteen members of NatWest's South Coast Private Banking team, spent the day working with Natural England, cutting back the rhododendron, which thrives on the sandy soils at the expense of native heathland plants.
Commenting on their experience, NatWest Private Banking Manager, Theresa Gale, who organised the team event said: "It was backbreaking work but we had a great time and a lot of laughs along the way. It's very important to us as a team that we are part of, and contribute fully to, the local community in which we all live and work. As a result being able to do something like this, to help protect and preserve Dorset's amazing heathland and its wildlife, in addition to all the work we do to assist local clients, was fantastic and we have all taken away a great feeling of achievement."
Ian Nicol, Senior Reserves Manager, Natural England, said: "It's amazing how much work an enthusiastic group of volunteers can get through just using hand tools. Rhododendron is a huge problem for us at Sandford Heath and left unchecked it can overrun entire areas of heathland. Thanks to the NatWest team and other volunteer groups, we are rapidly restoring the heath to its former glory."