Toyota is helping to give Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Nower Wood nature reserve in Leatherhead a new lease of life with a £25,000 donation towards the rebuilding of facilities at the site.
The trust gives thousands of children the opportunity to learn about wildlife and the environment, but the current classrooms at the site are more than 40 years old and have become outdated. The project aims to improve the site and facilities so the trust can work with more children. In particular, it wants to provide better access for children with disabilities.
Toyota’s donation will help the trust to build new classrooms, provide more staff training and purchase new learning equipment. Hayden Turner, Education Centres Manager said: “One of the reasons the money Toyota has given us is so important is that it takes us to the next level towards achieving our goal. We need new classrooms and facilities that cater for and are inclusive of everyone in the community. For us £25,000 from Toyota is absolutely magical and I can’t thank them enough for it.”
Toyota is one of the trust’s Gold Corporate Partners, a relationship that saw the trust make an important contribution to an ecological survey of its headquarters site, near Epsom, in 2012. This helped plan the redevelopment of the grounds to create a new “eco-HQ”, designed to encourage plant and wildlife biodiversity. This work will continue with the trust helping to produce further audits to monitor the progress of the environmental project.
Robin Giles, Toyota’s Director of Human Resources and Corporate Operations, said: “We are delighted to support Surrey Wildlife Trust and its building plans for the education centre. Their work and this project fit brilliantly with what we’re about as a company and our commitment to protecting the environment.”