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Park Plaza Nottingham and OAKS Restaurant & Bar join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to plant new trees provided by international fundraising

05th April 2017: Park Plaza Nottingham and ember-grill restaurant, OAKS, both situated in central Nottingham, were busy supporting Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to create an area of new native woodland at the charity’s largest nature reserve near Retford as part of an ongoing international partnership.

The contemporary hotel and OAKS joined Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve off North Road Retford to plant new trees which were purchased following a month of fundraising in September 2016 as part of Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ “Save Tomorrow’s Trees Today” Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Funds raised enabled the wildlife conservation charity to plant an avenue of 40 cricket bat willow trees representing Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ 40 international hotels which it hopes will become an attractive feature at the popular reserve and will eventually provide a source of income when timber from the trees is sold to make cricket bats.

Speaking about the partnership Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications & Marketing Erin McDaid said: “Our partnership with Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and OAKS is a great example of local companies providing us with the flexibility we need to invest in our wildlife conservation work. This will help us generate sustainable future income whilst also creating a valuable habitat for wildlife. We are keen to develop long-term income to enable us to care for our nature reserves and support our campaigns. By re-planting an area of woodland with native species and planting a number of cricket bat willows we can not only provide great new habitat for wildlife we can also look forward to a sustainable income from the sale of timber in years to come.”

James Hodgkinson, OAKS Head Chef commented: “Park Plaza Nottingham and OAKS team members were delighted to join the planting with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust while representing the 40 Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ properties internationally. At OAKS we cook most of our dishes on embers of wood harvested from the charity’s nature reserves and we became the first restaurant to be named as a Champion of Sherwood. We are looking forward to seeing the trees develop and grow and working on further projects with the Trust.”