We believe it is important to make a contribution towards our local and global community, not only through our advice, services and products but also through our own actions.
From advising local SMEs on sustainability to supporting local schools to reduce carbon, our Community Investment Programme ensures we are continually identifying opportunities to support worthy causes.
This Christmas, Ricardo Energy & Environment are proud to be making a charitable donation to Berkshire Women’s Aid, a wonderful charity local to our Head Office in Harwell
BWA carry out a great deal of wonderful work to support women and victims of domestic abuse in the Berkshire area. BWA provide advice, support and refuge services to those victims of domestic abuse and offers information and education on the subject. BWA exist to support victims and their families, enabling them to make choices about their future.
In addition to this donation, a team of volunteers will be collecting donations from the team to help make up the welcome packs and food parcels that BWA provide each woman who arrives at their refuge. We are also collecting toys for the children for the BWA to gift children at Christmas time.
Our various offices have been undertaking activities to support their local communities. Here is a summary of what our staff have been doing.
Staff at the Birchwood office decided to do a morning of canal cleaning in association with the Canal Trust and Inland Waterway Association (IWA) in Manchester. IWA branches arrange events across the country and throughout the year, which involves like-minded people gathering together to have a good time and make a visible difference to our waterways. The team spent the morning litter picking, clearing vegetation and pulling items from the canal – and getting muddy in the process.
A team from the Glasgow office got involved in some tree planting and worked with Eadha Enterprises (a not for profit social enterprise who support communities through environmental activities to conserve and propagate native species).
A tree-planting session was arranged on the Wardlaw wind-farm site, where the local community is allowed to grow trees. This aim of this is to increase the area’s biodiversity which, historically, was used for monocrop fir-tree planting.
On a typical Scottish summer’s day (wind, rain and sunshine all in one day), a group of volunteers set out to plant the final crop of aspen, alder and willow, which completed the plantation of native trees on the 7 hectare site. We estimate that we planted over 200 trees on the day, which will ultimately provide revenue for the local community when they are harvested for biomass fuel.
An adventurous day was enjoyed by all who took part, with many others expressing an interest in taking part in another tree-planting session in the future.
On a Saturday in July, staff from the Cardiff office along with their partners, a grandson joined forces with representatives from Keep Wales Tidy and Bridgend County Borough Council Countryside Team to clean Newton Beach, near Bridgend.
Following a safety briefing, the enthusiastic beach cleaners set about their task armed with litter pickers, gloves and sun cream. Two hours later their sterling efforts resulted in several bags being filled with litter – and the eight year old grandson managed to recreate Star Wars having morphed his litter picker into a light sabre and his grandmother into Darth Vader. Pleased with their work, there was only one way for the team to end this successful trip to the seaside, and that was a lunch of fish and chips followed by ice cream.
A team from the Harwell office attended the Earth Trust community day in July. For three solid hours, every team member focused on digging over a vegetable patch that will be used by local schools as a market garden. The team cleared a lot of weeds to make a usable space for the schoolchildren.