Guernsey companies invited to participate in CSR projects on Herm

January 26th, 2013 by Herm Island

Shell Beach on Herm's east coast (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

“In 2012 Herm invited Guernsey companies to the island to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility projects,” Jonathan Watson, Director of Hospitality, Herm Island Ltd, said in a presentation to the B4-8 Club.

“Herm Island has a small team that look after the external areas but they cannot do everything that they would like to achieve,” he said.

“We are offering to Guernsey companies the opportunity to undertake projects in Herm’s community as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme.”

A number of Guernsey companies participate in 2012.

Marsh Management Services Guernsey employees came to Herm to collect litter and record what they collected for the Marine Conservation Society's BeachWatch (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

Marsh Management Services Guernsey Ltd employees came to Herm to participate in BeachWatch for us,” he said.

“They came on one day, tidied up several beaches, and listed everything they collected so that we could forward the information to the Marine Conservation Society, and so that we could see what washed up on our beaches, or whether it was left on the beach by our day visitors.”

“They found a mobile telephone, which they reunited with its owner,” he said.

“We had four groups that did tree planting projects on Herm in 2012.”

Lloyds-TSB came with an army of volunteers and planted 250 trees including many oaks.”

Lloyds TSB employees visited Herm Island to plant trees (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

Dominion Fund Management Ltd wanted a family day out. They picked a day on the weekend so they could bring their children.

A family day out tree planting on Herm Island (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

Both Dominion and Lloyds TSB want to do more projects in Herm in 2013.

Brett Moore is Herm Island’s head gardener. There is no one more passionate about the environment and the gardening role he has,” Jonathan Watson said.

Brett Moore, Herm Island head gardener, explains Herm's tree planting programme to Barney and Claire Lee (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

“Full training is given for any project undertaken including health and safety issues, which we assess in advance,” he said.

“These projects can be used as team building exercises, to off-set carbon emissions, or as a family day out.”

“For the Herm Island community, these projects helps us manage and conserve Herm for the enjoyment of everyone who visits our island.”

“It also helps Herm with RHS Britain in Bloom, which we successfully entered in 2002, 2008 and 2012 when Herm won the Gold Award. Herm also won a tourism award in 2012.”

“This year Herm is in the RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions category.”

“This competition is all about community involvement. This is not just for the 65 of us who live on Herm but for the 63,000 that live in Guernsey and can get involved with our community,” he said.

“In 2013 you can adopt one of Herm’s beaches and come over to the island regularly to tidy it up, and you can participate in BeachWatch.”

“In 2013, we have a couple of hedgerow replenishment projects that we need to do, to act as windbreaks around the campsite.”

“There’s a project to restore the woodland walk pathway, and to build steps on Princess Radziwill‘s walk, which is fairly close to the White House Hotel.

“And we have plenty of areas where we would like to plant more trees,” he said.

Please contact Jonathan Watson by email: jonathanwatson to find out more about Corporate Social Responsibility projects on Herm Island.


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