TEAMS from the Amazon fulfilment centre and delivery station in Swindon have planted hundreds of trees trees with help from Stratton St Margaret's parish council

The team of volunteers worked together to plant native broadleaf trees with the aim of helping to offset carbon emissions, stimulate wildlife in the area and give back to the community in a sustainable manner. 

Altogether, 35 Amazon employees, alongside other members of the community, helped to plant 900 trees throughout March, which will offset 225 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during their lifespan. 

Amazon shift manager and sustainability champion Oliver Williams and community operations lead Luiza Stefanova organised the eco-friendly sessions.

The Swindon order fulfilmeent centre's general manager David Tindal said: “We want to thank Stratton St Margaret Parish Council for the great support it provides to our community and for partnering with us on this great initiative.” 

Swindon delivery station manager Puranjay Das added: “It’s been great to get together with our colleagues at the Amazon fulfilment centre for this important campaign and we’ve enjoyed working alongside the parish council on this volunteering programme.”   

Oliver Williams added: “I really enjoyed planting trees with the team. We got lucky with the weather too, which was great.

"Thank you to everyone joining these events, and to all at Stratton St Margaret Parish Council for partnering with us.” 

The council is made up of 19 councillors who serve a population of 23,000 people, making it one of the largest parishes in the country.

It employs 20 full and part-time staff across all areas of the organisation to provide a range of services to the community including youth provision, landscaping improvement projects, litter picking and maintenance of two cemeteries. 

Senior open spaces officer Oliver Saunders said: “A group of volunteers from Amazon recently came and helped us plant more trees on Meadowcroft Field.

"They did a fantastic job. The new tree plantations will bring more wildlife into the park but of course we still have acres of open space left for general recreational enjoyment and playing football on our pitches.”

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The online retailer's new £400m warehouse and distribution centre opened in November and recruited around 1,300 people to work in the huge Symmetry Park site after being constructed by logistics facility specialists Panattoni during the pandemic's lockdowns.

Panattoni will be overseeing the redevelopment of the old Honda factory in South Marston.