For many years now Ellesmere Port has been synonymous with the production of cars from Vauxhall. You couldn’t pick up a local paper, or search for Ellesmere Port online, without reading about the latest news regarding the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port.
Production may not be what it once was in the Cheshire based plant, but the name of Vauxhall is still hitting the headlines in the business world, but this time because of the way it’s helped the local wildlife in Ellesmere Port.
Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant was recently honoured with the “Wildlife at Work” certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) when it met for its annual symposium in America. The symposium was the 22nd of its kind, and was held in Baltimore, Ohio. The Ellesmere Port plant was awarded the certification because of the work done to help the habitat of wildlife.
Among the work undertaken by staff at Vauxhall was the planting of 2000 new trees in conjunction with local conservationists Mersey Forest. A tree was planted in the area known as Hooton Wood for every employee that has worked at the plant. This work has been going on in Ellesmere Port since 1999.
The site also created wetlands for birds in the 1970s when a water reservoir that was no longer needed due to the installation of water tanks was converted.
Staff at the Vauxhall plant took an even more active role in the care of wildlife when, in 2009, a team was put together to monitor and look after wildlife over 10 acres of land. Part of this work included the controlling of Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant that invades and dominates areas.
For their sterling work in helping the area’s wildlife, staff at the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port have been duly acknowledged.