As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, the Island’s leading nature conservation charity, the Manx Wildlife Trust, has presented local schools with a variety of nature-related gifts. All of the gifts were very generously funded by HSBC Bank plc, one of the Trust’s Gold Corporate members.
The gifts ranged from bird boxes, feeders and bird tables to hedgehog houses, wildflower seeds and plants. In addition, some schools chose to have “bug hotels” built in their school grounds. Manx Wildlife Trust staff, Kath Smith and Anne Marie Kilgallon, were recently joined by Danielle Mellor and Tolsa Wells from HSBC at Scoill Vallajeelt where they helped the school children build their “hotel.”
Using recycled pallets and bricks, kindly donated by Blackburn Construction Services, Sadler Agricultural Supplies and Haldane Fisher, and pine cones and other natural materials, the “bug hotel” soon took shape and was ready to receive its first guests. With lots of small spaces of different shapes and sizes and both dry and damp areas, many insects will benefit from the shelter from predators and bad weather afforded by the “hotel”.
Commenting on the Nature Gifts for Schools initiative, Kevin Cartledge, Senior Manager, HSBC Isle of Man, said, “The Manx Wildlife Trust is one of HSBC’s long term community partners and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to support such a fantastic variety of nature-themed gifts for local schools. We hope that the gifts will not only assist the children with their studies but also encourage them to connect with nature more frequently.”
The Manx Wildlife Trust would like to thank HSBC for their ongoing support and is looking forward to continuing to work with the Bank going forward.