A successful partnership between four leading local organisations (Jersey Water, Jersey Electricity, National Trust for Jersey, and Jersey Trees for Life) has come to an end with the completion of Le Mourier Valley Restoration Project. 4,300 trees were planted, over three years thanks to countless volunteers and £40,000 donated jointly by Jersey Water and Jersey Electricity.
An additional 23.5 vergées (4.2 Hectares) that adjoin existing ancient woodland at the bottom of the valley are now covered with 13 mainly native species, including 1,000 Common Oak, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Silver Birch, Larch, Sallow, selected to suit the exposed conditions, alongside Rowan, Scots Pine, Monterey Pine and Black Pine to provide additional resources for birds and local wildlife.
Helier Smith, Chief Executive at Jersey Water, explains, ‘As a company, we aim to have a positive impact on the environment and Island community we serve, and we have a wider responsibility to future generations for the decisions we make today. We recognise the power, strength, and solutions from teamwork both internally and with our stakeholders.
Jersey Water has been delighted to work with the National Trust for Jersey, Jersey Trees for Life and Jersey Electricity to help return the beautiful Le Mourier Valley and coastal headland to the woodland that it once was, securing improvements in biodiversity and helping Jersey on its journey to carbon neutrality. This important project is a perfect example of organisations working together to address the critical climate change issues that affect us all and being able to do so at a scale that is a first for Jersey. I want to thank everyone who has made it possible.’