Perkins and Caterpillar Foundation Team up to Maintain and Improve Wetlands

Perkins Engines Company Limited and the Caterpillar Foundation teamed up in October 2012 with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in Stafford, England, to help maintain and improve local wetland sites, including a wetland site within the facility's grounds.

The project, called "Wild about Stafford," has given people the chance to get involved in a range of educational and practical tasks, such as tree planting, wildlife walks, bug hunts and surveys, coppicing and habitat creation on wetland sites across the borough.

"We're delighted to be partnering with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on this project which will bring real benefits to both the local community and the environment," said Richard Cotterell, general manager at Perkins Stafford Engine Centre. "Our employees, many of whom have taken part in our on-site initiatives with the Trust over the last couple of years, will also be actively supporting many of the Wild about Stafford project activities over the coming year."

Wild about Stafford is just one more great initiative in the long partnership between the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Perkins.

"This is a great opportunity to get involved with wildlife and appreciate what we have on our doorstep. The wetland project has been made possible through the volunteer work by Perkins staff from all areas. We will also be able to use the area at lunch time or during weekends when we can bring our families down to relax and enjoy the surroundings either with a walk in the meadow or just to sit on one of the benches and enjoy our lunch," said Perkins employee Shaun Brown.

Shaun and other Perkins employees in Stafford have formed a group who volunteer their own time to improve access to the Fenland area.

For more information on Perkins' involvement in Wild about Stafford, please visit http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/wild-about-stafford. You will also find more great photos from events, including a bug hunt on the Perkins' grounds, a bird box and feeder building event and a path-clearing initiative.

Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillar.com/foundation