Manx Wildlife Trust is looking to forge long-term ecological relationships with companies in the island in a bid to create a united approach to conservation and environmental issues.
‘We need local businesses to sponsor us,’ said Andree Dubbeldam, who heads up the Trust’s Wildflowers of Mann project and is closely involved in the ambitious scheme to create the island’s first forest at Ramsey.
Mr Dubbeldam said he would welcome more companies following the lead of property developers Hartford Homes who have donated 250 trees to the Trust for the Ramsey Forest scheme.
The trees are all native to the island and include oak, hazel, blackthorn and hawthorn.
‘We very much appreciate the support Hartford Homes is giving us,’ he added.
‘We have been working closely with the company for some months now and this has involved giving ecological advice on sites they are developing as green issues are high on the agenda for all their developments.’
James Greenhalgh, managing director of Douglas-based Hartford Homes, said: ‘We are, as a family company, very keen conservationists and already plant in excess of 10 trees for every home we build. Being environmentally conscious isn’t just about the homes we build it’s about establishing a green philosophy and contributing to an eco friendly lifestyle.’