SbN expands it's community initiative scheme
As the trees and bulbs spring back to life and our resident feathered friends begin building their nests, it’s heartbreaking to see our beautiful countryside littered with rubbish that not only looks horrible but also poses a serious threat to our wildlife. This is why the team at Stoke by Nayland Resort, as one of its many community-driven initiatives, has grabbed their high-vis jackets, black bags, and litter pickers, and each month, in addition to other commendable local volunteering groups, are giving up their time to help clean up our countryside – and are inviting local residents to join them.
The Peake family, founders of Stoke by Nayland Resort, which together with Boxford (Suffolk) Farms is part of The Boxford Group, has long invested in eco and sustainable practices in order to be responsible custodians of the countryside. Now in its third generation, the family continues to look for ways to protect this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and support the local villages.
In the last year, SbN Resort has made an increasing commitment to the local community. The group launched its ‘Community Card’ scheme, which is free to join, to help fund local projects and make donations to local charities. So far, the proceeds have helped with contributions to the Leavenheath ‘Picnic on the green’ to fund new play equipment for local children, and provided Christmas lights, raffle prizes, and equipment for village, school and church fetes. Boxford (Suffolk) Farms has also donated their fresh strawberries to local schools.
‘As a family-owned business, which has been established here for over 80 years, our local community is very important to us, and this is why we’ve introduced these initiatives to help support and protect it,’ says Group Commercial Director Peter Osborne.
‘We’re always looking for ways to give something back, and this year we’re excited to expand some of the work we do with local schools. So, we’re inviting children and their teachers to visit our fruit farms for educational tours about fruit growing and harvesting, as well as showing them how our award-winning anaerobic digester works to produce green energy for our farms and resort’.
The Community Card membership is free of charge, and available to residents of Stoke by Nayland and surrounding villages. It offers fantastic discounts on dining, hotel stays, lodge breaks, spa treatments, plus free dinner and venue hire for your birthday. What’s more, for every £1 spent, SbN resort donates a percentage to local charities and causes. For more information and to register online, you can visit their website at www.stokebynayland.com/community
If you’d like to find out more about joining the team on their monthly litter picks or how you can take part in educational farm tours, you can contact Peter Osborne at [email protected].