Tree planting with National Grid & fundraising for Heart Research UK

Tree planting and teambuilding

Thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of the team from National Grid over 100 trees are planted in the Forest of Hearts in Stratford upon Avon. The intrepid team also raise over £100 for the Helping Little Hearts campaign for Heart Research UK by successfully cracking the Codebreaker Challenge at Stratford Armouries. John Lloyd, Midlands Regional Manager from Heart Research UK comments,

“Teambuilding and tree planting go together so well, as it’s almost “Green Therapy” and the fact that Carole Longden and her team then donate money to Heart Research UK for each event is wonderful!”

Click here for details of the Teambuilding and Tree Planting Challenge for your team to get out, go green and give back!

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Teambuilding and Tree Planting

Want an eco-friendly way to make a difference and reward your team? You’ll love our Teambuilding and Tree Planting Events in the Forest of Hearts close to Stratford upon Avon. Choose your time and date and enjoy an energising and motivating experience which benefits the environment and yourselves. We call it “Green Therapy!”

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An eco friendly way to make a difference

  • Teambuilding with a purpose and a challenge
  • Plant trees –  a green, lasting and precious legacy in The Forest of Hearts
  • A great afternoon or morning out in a beautiful Warwickshire location
  • A healthy, sociable and useful way to bring a team together in the fresh air
  • Delicious food and refreshments
  • A unique way to combine Corporate Social Responsibility and Team Building
  • An eco friendly alternative way to give something back to the community

Purpose and pleasure

Dress up warmly, bring your walking boots and prepare to plant precious trees in The Forest of Hearts. As part of Churchill’s Codebreaker Challenge, you will encounter a number of tasks which, if completed successfully could win you tokens. Collect as many tokens as you can to win fun prizes. One lucky person may discover the secret treasure hidden in the woods. A great way to enjoy the countryside and support the environment.

The trees you will plant

You will plant a mix of native broadleaf trees including oak, ash, birch, beech, small leaf lime, hawthorn and field maple.

The Forest of Hearts Mission

The aim of the charity is to promote accessible and sustainable agroforestry

Giving back and doing good

For a half day event at only £99 + VAT per person you will plant trees and contribute to the creation and maintenance of this beautiful, tranquil place. Refreshments are included. Your newly planted area of woodland could also have your company name attached to it, with the option to have a small sign erected to mark your area of the Forest. Also, for each person attending we will donate £10 to the Helping Little Hearts Campaign with Heart Research UK.

Location

Your base for the day is the fascinating Churchill Hall, where memorabilia acquired from Bletchley Park, including a lifesize model of Winston himself will inspire and energise your time here. The Forest of Hearts is a two minute walk from Stratford Armouries museum across an open field.

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Book your Teambuilding and Tree Planting Event Now with carolelongden@longden.co.uk or call 02476 470382.

CSR Showcase supports tree planting

Tree planting for CSR Showcase 2015

Discover why the CSR Showcase 2015 is all “heart”. On February 10th you can network with like minded professionals who believe in doing well and doing good. Hear from a fabulous line-up of speakers from National Grid, KPMG, adi Group, Caterpillar, The New Optimists and NFU Mutual to find out what they are doing to improve their business through focused Corporate Social Responsibility. By attending the event you will also have a tree planted for you in The Forest of Hearts and help to raise money for Heart Research UK, as £10 will be donated for each ticket sold.

There’s also a great exhibition to visit where you can make lots of useful contacts to help sustain your commitment to CSR in a way that delivers real return on investment. So book your place now and catch the earlybird price before it closes.

Join our Forest Garden Club on 11th November 2014

Forest of Hearts

Thanks to funding from The Tudor Trust, the Forest of Hearts are working in partnership with Relate Coventry and Warwickshire and Age UK to create a new agroforestry project in Stratford upon Avon. Men aged 65 and over are invited to join for free – and anyone else who would like to join are also welcome. So, get out and do something active and useful on this exciting new project.

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Unitemps save the world and raise £200 for Heart Research UK!

Congratulations to Unitemps who save the world with a Longden team event on a lovely sunny morning at Scarman House. The team of 50 staff from the dynamic recruitment company encountered “An element of surprise” as they successfully completed the team tasks to raise over £200 for Heart Research UK. Joanne Taylor from HRUK thanks the energetic teams for the donation, which will help to fund the Helping Little Hearts Campaign.

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Aggregation of marginal gains. 1% margin for improvement in everything.

Well done to Yorkshire where the Tour de France will begin today thanks to the aggregation of marginal gains. Gary Verity, the visionary behind the winning bid for Yorkshire to host this event describes how the concept of the aggregation of marginal gains helped them to secure success.

Dave Brailsford, the coach behind the success of the British Cycling team initially coined the phrase ‘performance by the aggregation of marginal gains,’. He says “It means taking the 1% from everything you do; finding a 1% margin for improvement in everything you do. That’s what we try to do from the mechanics upwards.
“If a mechanic sticks a tyre on, and someone comes along and says it could be done better, it’s not an insult – it’s because we are always striving for improvement, for those 1% gains, in absolutely every single thing we do.”
Seems like a simple and effective way of thinking for any leader.
See http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290,17547_5792058,00.html for more information.

Carbon Team Challenge 2014

Book your team of 4 NOW for only £497 + VAT.

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Happy New Ideas!

Need new ideas & want to get out more in 2014? Make time for three innovative events.

Ragley Hall

The Buzz

 Studley Castle

UK CSR Showcase

11th February 2014

Ragley Hall, B49 5NJ

Seven great speakers

Collaborate to innovate

Build business benefits

Book Two for one now!

 Energy Saving Event

17th January 2014

The Buzz , CV37 6PT

Save energy

Reduce costs

Support local charities

Free Entry!

  Studley Showcase

16th January 2014

Studley Castle, B80 7AJ

Network and socialise

Enjoy food and wine

Experience new ideas

FREE Entry!

Plant trees, build teams, leave a lasting legacy

We were out in The Heart of England Forest this week planting trees, then enjoyed bacon sarnies to round off the morning at Studley Castle – what a great way to build teams and demonstrate your commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

CSR and tree planting in The Heart of England Forest

The Phoenix Group is enthusiastic about the business benefits of tree planting, “The Heart of England Forest provides a perfect biodiverse playground for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the local environment, employee engagement, supporting school visits, and generally improving peoples’ wellbeing and fitness. It also provides a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

Lucy Symonds, Phoenix CR Manager said, “By planting trees in The Heart of England Forest we feel  it  is important that we are doing something tangible in our local area, which isn’t just a token gesture.  We have sponsored a large area of woodland which we can visit and we can feature as part of our CSR commitment. It’s great to know that we are helping to create England’s largest native broadleaf forest and that this will be a thriving wildlife woodland in the Warwickshire countryside. The Phoenix Way wood is planted with oak, alder, aspen, hazel and birch.”

Join The Phoenix Group at The UK CSR Showcase on 11th February 2014 at Ragley Hall for more ideas about how you can support the environment in your local area and leave a lasting legacy. Contact carolelongden@longden.co.uk for more information about tree planting and team building.

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Trust is King

UK CSR Showcase 2015

Sitting in one of the education streams at the #PRShow13, I must say I was delighted to hear Sky talk about one of my favourite philosophies.

 

When it comes to CSR, it’s not what you say it’s what you do that matters. “It’s frankly an old fashioned view,” muttered Graham McWilliam, Sky Group Corporate Affairs Director, “to think that your products or services alone speak for themselves. Businesses now have to do a lot more than that to win trust”. Very wise words and Sky have followed through admirably in this vein with their Sky Academy.

 

Trust certainly is a hot topic for stakeholders nowadays when we live in an increasingly transparent society. Enquiries into phone hacking, ‘Plebgate’ and non-payment of taxes are just a few cases in point. These are instances where a reputation can turn to dust overnight, particularly if there are no evident ‘CSR credits’…

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