At Elmtree, we are aware that some of our activities have an impact on the community, our clients and other stakeholders, however small. We try to limit this by giving something back.
This ranges from giving donations to various charities to carrying out works.
Social responsibility is an ethical framework and is a duty we like to ensure we perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems. At Elmtree we are aware that some of our activities have an impact on the community, our clients, and other stakeholders, however small. We try to limit this by giving something back and we aim to demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and our company policies.
We conduct our business with integrity. Demonstrating our commitment to social responsibility is in our ethos and core to our business values.
Immersed in the community, we have a social conscience and overriding desire to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of people in the geographies we operate. This includes providing local employment, use of suppliers, volunteering and charity support and complimentary works.
Examples of our dedication to our corporate and social responsibilities are listed below:
- We Repaired College Green in Bristol after being badly damaged by protestors
- Donated 2,000 bulbs to local community scheme in Bradley Stoke, Bristol and supervised children planting them
- Installed Artificial grass and play logs at Olveston Pre-school free of charge
- Free grass-seeding for MS Therapy Centre, Bristol
- Supported Merlin Housing Association in Staple Hill, Bristol providing gardening taster sessions to local children
- Invited pupils at Farmborough Primary School to join us planting trees within the grounds
- With Skanska, donating manpower and materials at a community resource centre in Lawrence Weston. Transforming overgrown gardens, leaving a legacy for the community to grow their own vegetables
- Free Daffodil and Crocus bulbs on Knightstone sites, supporting local youngsters and residents planting them
- We allow staff volunteering days paid volunteering days
- We adopt an annual local charity or provide sponsorship to local good causes each year.
- We sponsored an inspirational group of young people cycling to Brussels from Bristol over 7 days to raise money for CLIC Sargent and Cardiac Risk in The Young.
- We champion landscaping as a rewarding and fun industry where people can be successful and get a lot of satisfaction. We do this by:
- Our continuing partnership with Community of Purpose, particularly in the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. We sponsor the Bristol Young Environmental Hero. By linking our name with these awards, we are getting the message that we, and the landscaping sector in turn, are a fun and interesting industry for young people to get involved in
- We run competitions for our staff enabling them to nominate a chooses charity to receive a donation from the company. A few examples; challenging our Facebook audience to “Beat The Boss” in a skipping challenge for a chance to receive a donation of up to £250 to a charity of their choice! As well as Christmas Jumper competitions, guessing games, and many more.
- We sponsored Portishead Town Girls U10’s Rangers. Portishead Town Junior Youth is a not-for-profit grassroots football club
- support for a campaign appropriately to ‘Re-Elm the British Countryside’
- Elmtree has struck up a partnership with a St Peter’s Primary school, a local school near us in Pilning. We provided essential ground maintenance work to the school environment and have also donated four fire-pit logs for classes to use during their outdoor sessions.
- Elmtree are keen to help get local children interested in wildlife and conservation and thought that donating family passes was the perfect way to help raise awareness and bring excitement about the bears that are coming to the Wild Place Project.
- We pledged to support the Skills West Project. We have offered to be part of the Business West initiative and help to forge links between employers, educators and training providers in the South West We are providing a range of different activities from work based shadowing and work experience to fully fledged apprenticeship schemes.
- Social Responsibility stems from the top at Elmtree, during the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020 Managing Director Paul Lynch registered as a NHS volunteer, ensuring his neighborhood had extra support especially for those who were vulnerable
- Team Member Leigh Naden also dedicated his time to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, a charity close to his heart. Elmtree provided materials and plants to enable the work to be carried out.
- We also sponsor Pilning Flower Show annually, with one lucky winner winning the service of two of our Elmtree landscapers for a day.
- Elmtree supports Circus-Starr, the community interest company that is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of venerable and disadvantaged children in Bristol through the magical art of circus. Elmtree provided tickets for families of disadvantaged children to enable them to see the show.
- Working alongside Avon Wildlife Trust, Elmtree, and Skanska, with a group of Bristol University students, helped build sleeper planters. We donated the planters and provided services for the day to construct the planters in a courtyard of the Gynaecology Ward of St Michaels Hospital.
- We installed an outside play area at Pilning Village Hall for Pilning pre-school
- We also joined forces with a team of amazing partners and donated a selection of materials for the creation of a wellbeing garden for the University Hospitals Bristol – BRI.
In 2012 we returned College Green in Bristol after it had been damaged by protestors.
Although Bristol City Council paid a nominal fee, it cost us £3500 as a Company.
We donated 2000 bulbs to a local communities scheme in Autumn 2011 and trained and supervised local children planting them.
More recently we have assisted Olveston Pre-school in installing artificial grass and play logs, and carried out grass seeding of an unused area for the MS Therapy Centre in Bristol