Leyland, England

More than 3,700 trees are thriving today on five hectares (12 acres) in a country park in England because of the efforts of Alcoa Automotive and its employees, and their numbers should grow as the company participates in planting another 10 hectares (24 acres) in early 2004.

The goal of the Community Woodland Project in South Ribble is to provide woodland corridors for wildlife, environmental benefits, and public recreation. The first phase of planting took place in March 2003, as more than 30 Alcoa volunteers and representatives from various community groups planted the initial seedlings that were purchased in part by Alcoa.

The Northwest Development Agency offered funding to match the Alcoa contribution, making this the first partnership project between the agency, the South Ribble Borough Council, and local business. The initial plans with Alcoa led to another local company supporting the project, with the agency also matching that company's contribution. The result was the planting of an additional five hectares.

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