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Potato Loving Branston, latest to sign up to support Somerset Wildlife Trust, as part of an ongoing commitment to invest in the local area and its environment

 17th Jul 2018



17 July 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Branston as a new Corporate Partner.  Still privately owned, Branston specialises in supplying potatoes to supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose. Beginning as a farmers’ cooperative in the 1960s, Branston has grown into a large and forward-thinking fresh produce company with three sites across the UK, including one right here in Somerset.

As part of the partnership, Branston will be doing some volunteering on one of the Trust’s reserves later in the year.  Their real enthusiasm for wildlife was evident upon a recent visit to their site’s wildlife garden, and we look forward to working together in a corporate partnership to help our county’s wildlife-rich habitats thrive.

Katie White, Health, Safety and Environment Officer for Branston says:

“As a business we feel that there is a natural connection between our ethos and the work that the Trust does across the county.  We share many values, and are very much aligned in our ambition to ensure that our amazing landscapes and countryside are kept in good health, and we believe that all businesses should take on a little of the responsibility for preserving our wildlife and habitats – it is our wonderful landscapes that are one of the reasons why people want to live, work and visit here.

“We rely on nature for our potatoes, so we understand that being connected to nature is a real positive. Adding purpose to this by supporting and volunteering with the Trust means that we can help make a practical difference as well - and hopefully encourage other people to get involved.”

Katie Arber, Director of Fundraising & Marketing  for Somerset Wildlife Trust, says:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Branston on board as a Corporate Partner. Somewhere along the line, Somerset’s rich landscapes and natural environment will have, or still will be, contributing in some way to the success of most of Somerset’s businesses - and this is certainly the case for the county’s food and drink industry.  Working with a company that is so committed to giving back to the landscapes their business thrives upon is inspiring. 

“We are also particularly delighted that this partnership will incorporate activities to improve the health and wellbeing of its employees, as well as contribute directly to maintaining some of our special wildlife habitats.  The company is keen to look after local wildlife, so this partnership only serves to further that commitment to protecting vital habitats for the next generation.”

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About Somerset Wildlife Trust –

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.