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CSR Awards Nomination

CSR project

Our School Orchard

A Corporate Social Responsibility project created by Atlas Packaging has been nominated for a prestigious award in Devon. The Our School Orchard project was created by Atlas Marketing Manager Seth Conway who suggested a tree planting scheme as part of the company’s community commitments. Seth explains:

“When I joined Atlas I was aware that the company has FSC certification where the paper that is used under that scheme comes from well managed forests and trees are replanted. But it seemed a good fit with the ethos of the firm to start planting trees locally. We teamed up with a North Devon organisation Orchards Live to help with this and between us we created Our School Orchard.”

Not only has the new scheme led to the planting of apple trees in primary schools across North Devon but it has also established an educational project to run alongside the tree planting.

North Devon Business Awards

Although the project is still new, with the first trees planted in six schools in March of 2019, it’s already been nominated for an award. Our School Orchard has been selected as a finalist in the North Devon Business Awards for the best Corporate Social Responsibility project. Atlas Packaging Managing Director Jason Sharman believes the nomination recognises not just the environmental benefit but the education work too:

“Two students and a teacher from each school attends a training morning delivered by Orchards Live. They see not only how to plant a tree but how to look after them. The children then take this information back to school and teach their fellow pupils. We give them three varieties of local apple tree to take back to school which they then plant during a special lesson. It’s a win win because the children understand where food comes from and the environment benefits too.”

Atlas will discover if the project has been successful when the winners are announced at the North Devon Business Awards ceremony on Thursday September 26.

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