A commemorative Hornbeam tree is planted to mark the start of a new relationship, which will see RB become an official supporter of the National Forest.
RB is in the process of moving into the heart of The National Forest, with impressive new headquarters at Walton Park, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The next phases of the move will see other departments relocated and finally the pre-cast factory will move across from Drakelow to Walton Park.
“To celebrate our move, we are pleased to announce support for the National Forest Way Ranger programme,” said Gary Farnell, RB managing director. “Our headquarters are only half a mile from the Swadlincote spur of the National Forest Way long distance walking trail and we look forward to exploring the many and varied highlights of the Forest with friends and family.”
John Everitt, CEO of the National Forest Company is delighted RB is embracing the Forest as well. He said: “RB is a pioneering company and we hope their support will encourage others to appreciate the many benefits The National Forest provides to local businesses and their employees. Getting people out and about and leading healthier lives is good for us and good for business.”
• The National Forest area covers 200 square miles of the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Its objective is to increase woodland cover within its boundaries from an initial six per cent to about a third. This year the Forest is 25 years old. To date the proportion of woodland cover in the Forest has more than trebled to 20 per cent and in 2012 HRH the Duke of Cambridge planted the eight millionth tree in the Forest.
John Everitt (left) and Gary Farnell are pictured planting the Hornbeam tree at Walton Park.