Schoolchildren from three schools in Ibstock teamed up with the UK’s largest brick maker, Ibstock Brick, to help plant 900 trees in the grounds of its Leicester Road factory, as part of its work to increase brick output with a new and additional state-of-the-art brick factory.
The project was the first planting phase of the 7000 trees planned for this spring, which will form part of the overall landscape screening around the site. More than 15,000 new trees will be planted upon completion of Ibstock’s new factory, which will be capable of producing an additional 100 million bricks per year – enough to build around 15,000 new homes.
After planning permission was granted for the development, which will create 50 full-time new jobs in the local area, Ibstock began its work to create new natural habitats to support local ecosystems and enhance the surrounding landscape.
Children and young people from St Denys Church of England Infants, Ibstock Junior School and Ibstock Community College were invited to take part. More than 280 pupils helped to plant a variety of trees over two days on 12 and 13 January.
Staff from Ibstock also visited Ibstock Community College prior to the planting days to explain more about the development and show the pupils how their efforts will help to create forested areas linking into the existing woodland plantations around the site.
Simon Ingram, Planning & Estates Manager (South) at Ibstock, comments: “We’re delighted with the level of enthusiasm all the pupils have shown for the project and their eagerness to help us plant the future of the Ibstock site. We hope the students will remember their experience and be proud of their achievement as the woodland they have planted grows around them.
“With a 200-year heritage of brick production in the area, we are proud to be investing in the future of UK brick making at our original base in Ibstock.”
David Phillips, principal at Ibstock Community College, said: “We were delighted that students from the college were able to have an active role in creating this new woodland.
“It gives them a stake in this important community venture and reminds them that we all need to think about issues such as the environment and sustainability.”
Ibstock anticipates the new factory will be ready to start production during 2017.