Across the road from Cummins Generator Technologies' Stamford, UK, plant sits Burghley House, a grand 16th Century Elizabethan estate and the focus of one of our community partners, the Burghley Preservation Trust. This historic property requires consistent restoration and upkeep work; most recently with the wooded area guarding the road from the estate. The original Burghley grounds were designed to have a woodland screen which shielded the house. The current wood is diseased and will die off in fifteen to twenty years. Below shows the woodland area.
In order to save this woodland screen 3,000 trees were needed to be planted as soon as possible, although, Burghley did not have the resources themselves to complete this project by the year end ' this is where Cummins Generator Technologies was able to assist. 200+ Cummins volunteers from Stamford, Peterborough and Daventry worked throughout the day of 23rd November to accomplish this feat.
By day's end all 3,000 trees were planted, along with 8 hectares of previous tree planting had their protective sleeves removed. Each planted tree will offset one ton of greenhouse gas per annum. In order to maintain the new wooded area, employees will volunteer on their own time under the guidance and training of the Burghley House.
The woodland area was dedicated to deceased Cummins Generator Technologies employee, Nick Bryan. The area was named Nicky's Wood and a plaque was unveiled in his honour.