NDA and Nuclear Waste Services celebrate first planting for the Community Forest

On Friday (17 March) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) picked up their shovels and hosted their first staff tree-planting event in partnership with Cumbria Woodlands.

The event, held at Pelham House in Cumbria provided an opportunity for employees to get involved in planting for the county’s first Community Forest.

group of employees in hi-vis standing around a newly planted tree

two people talking while standing in front of newly planted tree

Volunteers ranged from Chief Executives and senior leaders to graduates and apprentices, supported by James (Community Forest Director) and Gary (Forester). In total over 720 trees will be planted on the site.

The tree planting at Pelham House is the first of several events the NDA group has planned this year, with more planting to be rolled out across its estate throughout 2023. It comes following the announcement in December, of £200,000 of NDA funding for the Community Forest, contributing to a wider £1.1 million already received from Defra.

It's been fantastic bringing together people from across the NDA group, as well as members of Cumbria Woodlands and local authorities, to get involved and play a part in establishing Cumbria’s first Community Forest.

NDA CEO David Peattie

Gary walking the dog through the new planting area

the whole group standing together in front of pelham house

It's lovely to see the new woodland area at Pelham House taking shape. This will enhance the area not only for our colleagues, but also our local community who use our grounds for dog walking and recreation.

Martin Walkingshaw, Chief Operating Officer for Nuclear Waste Services

Through the creation of new woodlands in partnership with communities, the Community Forest provides a powerful way to build relationships with local people, organisations, and businesses to create sustainable change for the coast of Cumbria. Having the NDA recognise the importance of the Community Forest is vital to its long-term success.

James Cobbold, Forest Director for Cumbria Woodlands

Learn More about the Community Forest HERE

newly planted trees with tree guards surrounded my mature trees

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