Neales takes the Climate Week challenge

Neales Waste staff members Amie Duxbury and Stephen Elmer rose to the challenge and got their hands dirty in support of Climate Week and Groundwork Pennine Lancashire.

Amie and Stephen headed off to the Offshoots Permaculture Project to support environmental activities on site and learn about sustainability and climate change issues.

Run by Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, The Offshoots Permaculture Project is a thriving fruit and vegetable garden and training centre which was started in May 1997. It is housed in an old walled garden within Towneley Park, Burnley, and acts as a demonstration centre focusing on permaculture, sustainability, recycling, composting and eco-building techniques.

Permaculture was developed in the mid-1970’s by two Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Their idea was to create stable agricultural processes.

Representatives from four companies spent several hours planting trees, which helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. They then received a tour of the site, interestingly this also included a visit to the composting toilet! Mark Stevenson, spokesperson for Groundwork Pennine Lancashire said: “It was great to see how engaged and interested the businesses were. They got really stuck in planting the trees and it was a real testament to them and the companies they work for.”As a founding member of the BEA and a company proud of its green credentials, Neales Waste was pleased to be given an opportunity to support Climate Week. Climate Week is a British climate change campaign, designed to inspire a new wave of action to create a sustainable future, culminating in a week of activities.