Explore Manufacturing partners with Wildlife Trust to support a “Wilder Nottinghamshire”


Explore Manufacturing has partnered with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to support a “Wilder Nottinghamshire” and champion biodiversity at their manufacturing facilities based at the Laing O’Rourke Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction.

The partnership aims to inspire Explore Manufacturing’s 500 employees to embrace the natural environment and become champions for nature’s recovery at their facilities in Steetley, near Worksop.

A series of seasonal initiatives will be developed to boost employees’ and their families’ wellbeing and encourage connection with wildlife, and the wild places where they work and live.

Laing O’Rourke places a significant focus on sustainability, with a target to be operationally net zero by 2030 and a clear biodiversity strategy to make a positive contribution to the environments in which it operates. Explore Manufacturing is taking action at its own facilities , working with the Trust’s subsidiary specialist ecological consultancy, East Midlands Ecology Consultants Ltd (trading as EMEC Ecological). An initial baseline assessment of the Steetley site was completed to better understand the biodiversity landscape, including identification of plant and animal species. Following this, a biodiversity action plan has been developed, documenting a number of key actions that can be undertaken to enhance the site’s biodiversity, enabling existing wildlife and environments to further flourish.

Explore Manufacturing’s Environmental Sustainability Lead, Catherine Blackburn, said:

“Beehives were installed at our site in 2022 and this inspired real interest among staff. Although we work in a factory environment, we are surrounded by nature and our grounds are home to a large number of plant and animal species. We’re passionate about protecting those habitats and taking considered steps to improve biodiversity around the site. We’re a significant employer of local people and our partnership with the Trust is a great way for our staff to get closer to nature within their community. We’re looking forward to taking part in another Wild Work Day on 5th June - World Environment Day – which feels particularly poignant.”

Emily Patrick, Business Partnerships Lead at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, commented:

“It’s great to welcome Explore Manufacturing to our Trust as a Business Partner. Their aims to enhance their site for wildlife and connect their employees with the natural world is such positive activity. Connecting with nature is proven to enhance people’s wellbeing. It great to have a collaborative approach which includes our consultancy EMEC. We look forward to welcoming Explore’s employees at Idle Valley Nature Reserve for a second time to support our work for communities to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.”