Cemex lend a hand at Rugby’s Diamond Jubilee Wood

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Rugby Cemex workers have helped plant more than 2,000 trees in Rugby’s Jubilee Wood, as part of the company’s Lendahand scheme.

The trees, all native species to Britain, will enhance the biodiversity of the area and will act as an extension to the adjacent nature reserve providing additional shelter and food for wildlife.

Rugby Borough Council has been working with the Woodland Trust to develop a permanent legacy to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is planned that in excess of 50,000 young trees will be planted on the 116 acre site off Ashlawn Road, Rugby to create a wooded landscape with open glades.

The Cemex Lendahand scheme was launched in 2010 and is an employee volunteer programme which entitles every employee paid time off work to help out in their local community.

This could include working with a local charity, community activity such as spending time reading to children at a local library or working with the company’s partner charity, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).

Ian Southcott, community affairs manager, said: “It was a great opportunity to contribute to the local community and help create something that will mark a significant moment in our country’s history. We all worked very hard which meant we planted lots of trees but also had the added benefit it kept us warm.”