17th July 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to welcome two new corporate members this month: Melhuish & Saunders Ltd and Devon Doctors Ltd.
Melhuish & Saunders Ltd is a family-run construction company, established in 1923 and based in Glastonbury. Their work is mainly based in Somerset, including Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, as well as Wiltshire, Dorset and East Devon. A large proportion of their work is public-sector funded, for schools, healthcare and even the Somerset Earth Science Centre at Moonshill Quarry, where Somerset Wildlife Trust recently held their Volunteer Day. They are committed to improving their environmental performance and are also interested in developing their community links and supporting environmental protection by working alongside Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Darryl Mitchard, Managing Director for Melhuish and Saunders says:
“As a company, we feel there is a strong link between our values of providing local, sustainable and quality building work, whilst considering our environmental impact, and those of Somerset Wildlife Trust. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously in relation to the building projects we undertake, and often work in consultation with conservation advisory bodies.
We are proud to carry out projects that benefit local communities, and are excited to work alongside Somerset Wildlife Trust to further these commitments. We are aligned in our desire to help our landscapes, habitats and wildlife to thrive, and believe we can all play a small part in helping this become a reality in Somerset.”
Devon Doctors began as a co-operative of GPs in Devon in 1996, which organised the out-of-hours responsibilities of local GPs. In 2004, Devon Doctors became a social enterprise owned by Devon’s Gp practices and were commissioned by the county’s primary care trusts (NHS Plymouth, Devon and Torbay Care Trusts) to provide the out-of-hours service in Devon. Devon Doctors are now the lead provider for urgent care in Devon, offering 24/7 access to urgent care services and have recently also become the new provider of Out of Hours Urgent Care Services in Somerset. Devon Doctors are committed to minimising their carbon footprint, supporting local communities, and ensuring that our collective environment is safe, clean and conducive to preventative care, which is why they have chosen to support our work. We are delighted to have them on board, particularly regarding our shared commitment to help encourage health and wellbeing through access to nature.
Suzie Dore, Business Development Officer for Devon Doctors says:
“We are pleased to be joining Somerset Wildlife Trust as a corporate member. Devon Doctors is committed to minimising its carbon footprint and environmental impact, as well as keeping our landscapes and surroundings healthy and flourishing.
There is a lot to be said about the benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing of time spent outdoors and accessing nature. The steps we take to help avoid preventable health issues are valuable, as well as the urgent care Devon Doctors provides. We therefore share Somerset Wildlife Trust’s ambitions to preserve these green spaces for the good of both the wildlife that live there, and the health and wellbeing of local people and communities.”
If you wish to learn more about Melhuish and Saunders, please visit their website here: https://www.melhuishandsaundersltd.com/
If you wish to learn more about Devon Doctors, please visit their website here: https://www.devondoctors.co.uk/
You can also find out more about the benefits of our corporate programmes for your business or workplace, here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/Corporate_support.html
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About Somerset Wildlife Trust – www.somersetwildlife.org
Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 18,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives.
Our reserves holding of over 1700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly. These habitats also connect green spaces across the county so wildlife can travel, and are the bedrock upon which we are able to deliver key conservation programmes across the year.
The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous legacies. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.