Horsell Common Preservation Society

AROUND 30 McLaren employees have spent a day helping the Horsell Common Preservation Society maintain the land that borders the company’s main Woking site.

TEAM EFFORT – McLaren staff help to clear scrub during their day working on Horsell Common

Employees worked in teams alongside local residents to help to clear birch and pine scrub, to ensure the rich bio-diversity of the common’s flora and fauna was maintained.

The common includes protected areas that contain rare, ground-nesting birds which breed only in the special conditions provided by the heathlands.

Mandeep Dhatt, executive director of human resources at McLaren Automotive, said:

“The volunteers have demonstrated McLaren teamwork in action, not only among employees but working with our long-standing neighbours, the Horsell Common Preservation Society, who play such a vital role in the area.

“As a major local employer, McLaren is able to attract talent from all over the world to Woking and the attractiveness of our setting next to the common is certainly a key plus point for many.

“As employees regularly take time to walk and enjoy the area, it’s great to be able to give something back and help maintain the area for future generations.”

Paul Rimmer, the society’s estate manager, said the strong 20-year relationship with McLaren “has produced amazing public and wildlife benefits”.

For the full story get the 26 September edition of the News & Mail

WOKING’S Muslim Burial Ground Peace Garden has won first prize in a national awards scheme.

The walled garden, in woodland on Horsell Common, has been named winner at this year’s Local Government News Street Design Awards.

The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, accepts the award from Laura Sharman, with representatives of the council, Horsell Common Preservation Society and terra firma Consultancy

It came top in the Urban Green Space category, gaining recognition for Woking Borough Council, along with landscape architect terra firma Consultancy and Horsell Common Preservation Society.

The awards, organised by Local Government News magazine, recognise best practice and innovation in street design schemes.

The burial ground, off Monument Road, was established in 1917 as a cemetery for Allied Muslim soldiers who died of their wounds in this country during the First World War. There were further burials in the Second World War.

The remains of the soldiers were later transferred to Brookwood Cemetery and the site fell into disrepair over the following years.

In 2013, Horsell Common Preservation Society and Woking Borough Council came together to create a special place of remembrance celebrating the vast, and vitally important, contribution made to the Allied war effort by armies of the Indian sub-continent.

The peace garden was opened during an act of remembrance the Earl of Wessex on 12 November 2015.

Local Government News editor Laura Sharman said: “The judges were extremely impressed by the scheme, which achieved nearly perfect scores for its high quality design and meeting the objectives set out in the brief.”

For the full story get the 30 May edition of the News & Mail