Company transforms unloved patch of car park into buzzing wildlife area

14th Jul

A leading Hull-based building, maintenance and repair contractor has planted a wildlife area at its head office as part of an ongoing environmental project to reduce carbon emissions.

A patch of ground within the car park at KWL, in Kingswood, was overgrown with weeds, but it has been transformed into a secluded wildlife haven where wild flowers thrive, attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

A number of staff prepared the space and planted it up, as well as building and installing bug houses made out of recycled materials that would otherwise have been sent for disposal.

Roger Grannon, chief operating officer at KWL, said: “Our little wildlife area is a sight to behold. The wild flowers have really taken well to the area and they attract an increasing number of bees to a place where, previously, bees would rarely be seen at all.

“Pollinators are essential to life on earth – they really need our help and this is so simple to achieve. The cost to the business has been minimal; a few hours to clear and prepare the ground and to build the bug houses, but the payback to the environment is much bigger, as vital pollinators have taken up this invitation to our premises, hopefully for many years to come.

“This initiative is part of a broader project to become a net-zero carbon organisation, with KWL initiatives and company-wide enthusiasm to achieve ambitious targets.

“We see ourselves as one of the forerunners of business in protecting the local environment. Our environmental policy and action plan, is aligned with Hull City Council’s climate strategy.

“There are quite of lot of actions within their strategy that KWL is feeding in to. One of these is the council’s vehicle fleet which is managed by KWL. We are gradually replacing vehicles with electric and hybrid, vans and trucks etc.

“With the Investors in the Environment (IIE) accreditation scheme, we have maintained the Green Level Award since 2015 and employees are encouraged to suggest ways to reduce our negative impacts on the environment.

“The UK target for net-zero greenhouse gas by 2050 won’t happen on its own. We all have a part to play, as the Government said; a moral obligation to leave the planet in a better condition than we inherited.

“At KWL, from directors through to the front-line workers, everyone is on board with the environmental challenge. I hope that KWL is viewed as a positive example to other businesses in our sector and the Humber region by demonstrating that making decisions about how a business can improve environmentally, doesn’t have to cost the earth.”

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