Burnaston - Toyota Car Manufacturing - Derbyshire
As a result of a partnership forged with Kew Gardens in 2014, Toyota converted its Burnaston car plant to an 580- hectare eco-park. Led by plant science experts and landscapers from Kew the park has since seen over 400 species, including some which are rare and protected. There are five UK BAP habitats onsite. The landscape was previously a major migratory route for birds in England and a rich wetland habitat. The project strategy was agreed to last for a period of ten years. Insights from the collaborative project will be shared with Toyota branches across Europe. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is also involved with the project and to encourage employees to get involved and learn about nature.
Toyota have also partnered with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust since 2004 to protect and enhance biodiversity at Burnaston. A Management Advisory Group was established in 2009 consisting of staff from Toyota, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the grounds maintenance contractors. The site is part of the Trent Valley Initiative, which aims to create rich wetland habitat along the river Trent.
The partnership extends to Toyota’s sites in Belgium. Extensive landscaping and planting of native species has taken place at Toyota’s marketing headquarters in Surrey with guidance from Surrey Wildlife Trust.