Wood from trees that had to be removed at National Grid’s HQ in Warwick to make way for a new switch room, is being used to provide a home for wildlife.
The bat boxes, made by a group of apprentices from local construction company Drewmark, have been installed at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh nature reserve in Coventry.
The remaining wood has been mulched down for use on footpaths and in parkland surrounding Old Rectory Farm in Sheldon. The restored former 17th century dairy farm is now a demonstration farm showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming.
Howard Hughes, sustainability project manager at National Grid said; “The carpentry apprentices at Drewmark were keen to put their newly acquired skills to good use, turning wood from some of our trees into 10 bat boxes.”
Karl Curtis, reserves and community engagement manager for WWT said; “The donation of these boxes will help to protect and conserve the bat population in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
“Bats are amazing creatures that are critical to many ecosystems around the world. Due to deforestation a lot of bat habitats are being destroyed, so it is vital that we do all we can to help preserve them by providing safe environments for them to nest.”