As part of our biodiversity programme, at Nestlé we have been working closely with the Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conversation groups to help create Butterfly meadows and lessen the decline of butterflies in the UK. A survey has been done at each factory to identify the right local plants and grasses for butterflies in the area.
In 2012, as part of this programme, we have planted meadows on land near the NESCAFÉ UK beverage factories Tutbury and Dalston. Each meadow is planted with the help of staff and people from the local community, since education is at the heart of the project. We also believe butterfly meadows will educate employees about what natural capital means since butterflies are a key indicator of the general environmental health of an area.
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Case study: Planting the Butterfly Meadow in Tutbury factory
Pupils in Year 6 at Heath Fields School in Hatton were visited by employees from Nestlé to learn all about the importance of butterflies and shown the types of butterfly species that are present in the area and the species Nestlé hope to attract with their help.
After donning waterproofs and wellies, the group of 27 children were taken to a field in the factory grounds where they sowed meadow flower seeds and planted wildflowers. They also helped to plant six willow trees and an oak tree with the aim of attracting many species of butterfly back to the area as part of Nestlé’s vision to be recognised for leadership in environmental sustainability.
Gavin Burton, Nestlé Tutbury Factory Manager said: “It is great that local school children joined us to plant the meadow. Currently there are only a few butterfly species in the area but with the support of our employees and Heath Fields School who have helped; our objective is to have more than 12 varieties on-site.“