SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK has donated £1,000 to Woodland Heritage from its ‘Giving Something Back at Christmas’ fund.

Suez staff across the country were invited to nominate charities supporting those in need in their local communities and working to improve the environment.

Woodland Heritage was nominated to receive a donation to support its efforts to conserve trees and woodland areas in the United Kingdom. The charity aims to achieve this by widening the skills and knowledge base of those people and organisations connected with arboreal matters.

The £1,000 donation has helped provide bursaries for young foresters to attend chainsaw training courses, with the two lucky recipients Thomas Allen and Robert Lester, the latest apprentices at Ben Law’s Prickly Nut Wood. With coppicing season well underway the new apprentices have already put their training to good use.

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Lewis Scott, chair of Woodland Heritage, said: “The bursaries we offer are highly competitive and, with increasing interest from people looking to develop their careers, our applications currently outweigh our grants available. This donation will help make it possible for more people to become the trained foresters of the future.”

Gareth Swain, Surrey regional manager for Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer support to Woodland Heritage, and to the people they help, at this difficult time.”

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