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Give and Gain: Celebrating Responsible Business Week at Garthdee

Conservation groups and businesses joined forces on the banks of the River Dee last week to mark Responsible Business Week (23rd – 27th April 2018), an annual awareness campaign which celebrates the brighter side of corporate life by sharing responsible business stories. A tree-planting event organised by the Dee Catchment Partnership and the River Dee Trust was held at Garthdee, where some 30 volunteers from Sainsbury’s Garthdee and the Trust planted close to a 1,000 trees.


An area of just under a hectare was selected for planting. The site was recently cleared of invasive species in preparation for the tree planting, which will help restore the riverbanks, providing habitats for wildlife and protection against flooding. A selection of trees including Oak, Alder, Willow, Hawthorn, Scots Pine and Gean were planted.


Manager of Sainsbury’s Garthdee, David Vass, said: “Sainsbury’s Garthdee was delighted to be a part of this national campaign which encourages businesses to work alongside the local community.  We have a longstanding partnership with the Woodland Trust supporting woodland expansion, so were very happy to encourage staff to get out and get planting right here on our doorstep. We are extremely grateful to the Woodland Trust for donating all the trees, and especially to the Trust’s Woodland Creation Adviser, Russ Jobson, for his vital planting advice on the day.”


Outreach Officer for the Dee Catchment Partnership, Marina Piper, added:   “We had a wonderful day. Being a part of this collaboration, watching the volunteers work together in teams, was fantastic. Not only did we manage to plant almost 1,000 trees, the responses from the volunteers was just heartwarming – some of them said they didn’t know this walk was right here on their doorstep, others enjoyed the simple satisfaction of planting a tree for the first time, and another said the experience had been truly inspiring – this is why I love my job! I’m really proud of all our efforts and would like to thank everyone involved.”


The River Dee Trust welcomes support from volunteers. Those wishing to get involved should email Calum Hislop of the River Dee Trust at

Associated Projects:

Natural Flood Management

CNPA / James Hutton Institute / FCS / Forest Research

Project Status: Current

We are developing a range of techniques that use natural or semi natural engineering methods to slow the flow of water through the river system. These range from large scale tree planting in the uplands, attenuation features in agricultural areas and green infrastructure in urban areas.

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