Employees take time out to preserve coastline woodland

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A team of volunteers from a Havant-based company gave up their time to look after an area of woodland.

A group from Lockheed Martin UK spent a Saturday morning last month working alongside The Friends of Nore Barn Woods cutting back overgrown shrubs and clearing pathways as part of a programme of volunteering organised by Community First.

Nore Barn Woods forms part of a coastline walk running from Emsworth to Langstone Harbour.

It is an important and beautiful place in the local area and is looked after by The Friends of Nore Barn Woods.

The group’s primary aim is to conserve and make the woods more pleasant for the general public.

Roy Ewing, chairman from the Friends of Nore Barn Woods said: ‘We are a volunteer-led group and regularly have working party days where we carry out conservation tasks.

‘We really value the help of local businesses as many hands make light work.

‘I would like to thank Lockheed Martin for their hard work and giving up a Saturday to help keep our coastline accessible for everyone to enjoy.’

Bob Kramer, Lockheed Martin vice-president and group managing director, said: ‘Volunteering is an important part of Lockheed Martin’s values and culture here in the UK, but it is the generosity of our people who continue to give their time 
and effort each year to help in the local community, that really makes the difference.

‘Our staff have been volunteering in and around the Havant area since we moved here in 2001 – picking up litter on the beaches, clearing scrub land, and planting trees.

‘We are committed to helping in the local community wherever we can, and hope to continue this active role for many years to come.’

Community First is an organisation providing local voluntary and community groups with a range of support services including volunteering, training, good practice and practical advice.