Staff at Amey in Herefordshire are getting into the spirit of h.Energy by holding a number of events to mark Sustainable Herefordshire Week.
Employees from the company, based on the Thorn Business Park in Rotherwas, are holding a local produce festival in their offices, with everything from locally grown vegetables to cakes and handmade crafts available.
The most sought after items are two beautifully hand crafted log stools fashioned by Amey employees from local fallen trees. The stumps were carved and varnished by Phil Pankhurst and Lee Cartwright, and are being raffled off with all the proceeds going to a local sustainability project.
As well as the produce festival on Friday, staff are being encouraged to try out greener travel options, with cycle and walk to work schemes in place. Also, from next week, employees will be able to make use of the office bicycle which will be available to book and use on breaks or for travelling to nearby businesses.
Staff have also planned a seed swap to help encourage people to try to grow their own produce.
Mark Thomas, Account Director for Amey in Herefordshire, said:
“As a business, we are always keen to look at new ways we can introduce green initiatives, both for our partners, Herefordshire Council, and also internally.
“We work closely with local suppliers to ensure that processes are as sustainable as possible, saving carbon and costs.
“On our sites, we are already heavily committed to ensuring that we recycle as much of our waste as possible and we encourage staff to make small changes to their behaviour which add up to a big difference.
“Events like h.Energy are a great way for us to engage employees in these processes and also offer staff an opportunity to do something that is both beneficial and enjoyable.”
Dave Prescott, co-ordinator for Herefordshire New Leaf, organisers of h.Energy said:
“It is great to have local businesses such as Amey involved in Sustainable Herefordshire Week.
“The week is all about getting people to think about the way they can make their lives more sustainable through small but practical changes, and, as such, we are delighted that Amey are spearheading these types of changes both in the work they do, and by holding events for their staff.”