A team of eight staff from Scott Group visited The Outward Bound Trust’s outdoor education centre at Loch Eil, in the Scottish Highlands, today, 23rd November 2017, to assist with the planting of 60 trees and 120 shrubs as part of a project to create a new learning hub for the young people who visit the centre.
This activity is one of the many charitable events Scott Group has embarked upon this year as part of its 30th-anniversary celebrations. The business has created a real focus on staff, customers and the environment and communities in which it operates, and continues to bring sustainability up the agenda. In addition to staff time, Scott Group donated funds to The Outward Bound Trust for this project, as well as 30 outdoor jackets, supplied and branded by Scott Direct, for the maintenance team who work permanently at the Loch Eil centre.
The Outward Bound Trust has embarked on a redevelopment project of its site, including a new equipment centre, a refurbishment to the main house dormitory accommodation, and the planned installation of a number of ‘learning pods’.
David Exeter, Head of Centre at the Loch Eil site, said: “The contribution from the Scott Group has enabled us to start work in the grounds of the estate, in an area that will hopefully become, subject to planning permission, one of the zones of our learning pods. The Outward Bound Trust has a woodland management plan and is working in partnership with Scottish Woodlands to ensure a viable and sustainable future for its woodland.
“The Trust is grateful to Scott Group for its donation, as well as the team of staff, that supported the installation of a significant number of the trees and shrubs. The visual impact of the tree-lined learning zone is really important. The work, albeit the first phase of replanting, is authentic to the natural woodlands of the Highlands.”
Karen Hunter, Marketing Director at Scott Group, led the project on behalf of the business. She said: “We are delighted to be able to work with such a worthwhile charity to develop and support young people to become the best that they can. As an organisation, the environment and sustainability is a priority, and we also believe in nurturing and celebrating young talent, so this project is close to our hearts.”
Scott Group has been committed to educational charity, The Outward Bound Trust, as a patron sponsor for last seven years and regularly supports its activities. The Outward Bound Trust develops young people aged 11 – 19 years through learning and adventure in the wild. It works in partnership with schools, supporting effective leaders and employees of the future. It strives to make powerful outdoor learning experiences accessible to as many young people as possible through charitable subsidies and a bursary scheme.