3M have a large plot of land at the side of their premises, which they have already filled with a range of trees and are constantly striving to develop and improve the area, giving something back to the natural world and hoping to create more habitats for our valuable wildlife. The site has several areas of archaeological interest, including what looks to be a round house in the top left hand corner of the field.
Pictures from the Planting at 3M with Aycliffe Primary School
Martyn Harvey, of 3M, said “Since 2002 we’ve been planting trees and shrubs to restore the field that belongs to us back to a traditional meadow. We try to do a little bit each year and so today is all about this continuous project. In 2002, 3M celebrated one hundred years as a manufacturing company so from an environmental point of view, we wanted to think about ways in which we could celebrate that.”
3M played host to a local school in April 2010 for a special planting day. By sponsoring one hundred trees, 3M have shown an outstanding commitment to the environment and are dedicated to sharing the importance of the environment with our future generations. As 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, there has never been a better time to celebrate the diversity of life. By working together to plant the trees, 3M and Aycliffe Village Primary School have helped to make an instant contribution to the UK’s biodiversity targets.
Because of their participation in the Trees for Schools initative, 3M have also sponsored the shipping of two refurbished computers to be sent to schools in Africa. Not only does this extend the life of the computers, it also gives hundreds of African children a grounding in IT skills and environmental education.