Nationwide and Vaillant invite local community to help plant Tiny Forest in Swindon field

By Nick Batten on 2 March, 2022

Local residents from South Swindon are being called upon to lend a hand in planting 600 trees, as part of a new Tiny Forest co-funded by Nationwide Building Society and international heating systems manufacturer, Vaillant. 

The initiative, which will see a Tiny Forest planted in an area no bigger than a tennis court, will take place on Saturday 5th March in Buckhurst Field, in Walcot, east Swindon, next to Nationwide’s EPC-A rated development at Oakfield which will be heated by Vaillant’s aroTHERM plus air source heat pumps.

As well as participating in the planting of the Tiny Forest, which is being delivered in collaboration with South Swindon Parish Council, residents have also been involved in the selection of the site and its design, which will be in the shape of a semi-circle to mirror an amphitheatre. 

The Tiny Forest will form part of a green corridor in the area, designed to enhance biodiversity and increase residents’ access to green spaces within an urban area.

Representatives from both Nationwide Building Society and Vaillant will be on hand on the planting day to speak with residents and answer any questions they have regarding the Tiny Forest and Oakfield development.

Steve Cipriano, Commercial Director at Vaillant said, “We’re delighted to be supporting Nationwide Building Society in co-funding a Tiny Forest on Buckhurst Field. Sustainability is a key focus for our business, and we are keen to support projects that align with this ambition, which not only use sustainable products, such as low carbon heating solutions, but also provide the local community with access to green spaces. 

“This is the second Tiny Forest we have been involved in creating, and we would love to see as many local people join us on the day to help with planting.”

Katherine Quigley, Social Investment Manager at Nationwide, said, “The Tiny Forest is a unique way in which we can support the biodiversity of our urban spaces. Neighbouring our eco-friendly development at Oakfield, the forest is another way in which the local community can connect to their local environment in an immersive way. It will provide local schools in the community with an outdoor classroom to help young people learn more about their environment, biodiversity and climate change.”

Councillor Chris Watts, Chair of South Swindon Parish Council, added that he hopes The Tiny Forest will become a “unique feature” that people from across Swindon will visit.

To learn more about the event, or to register your place, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tiny-forest-planting-day-at-buckhurst-field-swindon-tickets-257846244057