On Saturday, 24 October 2009, 34 Butterfield employees planted trees for Buy Back Bermuda at the Vesey Nature Reserve in Southampton.
Butterfield’s volunteers also had the task of clearing invasive plants on the Skroggins Hill site and replacing them with natives and endemics.
In addition to its time, to assist the Bermuda National Trust in future volunteer days, Butterfield also donated $600 worth of gardening equipment, including loppers, secateurs and gloves.
Butterfield’s President & CEO Alan Thompson said: “Giving back to the community is an important part of our business and I am very pleased that so many of our employees volunteered their time to assist Buy Back Bermuda. It was especially heartening to see so many young people coming forward to assist in the preservation of such a beautiful part of the Island.”
Walking trails and resting spots were pruned and tidied so that native and endemic plants could be carefully introduced to their new habitat.
As a result of Butterfield’s labour, this stunning property is now better able to provide fitting habitats for local wildlife, as well as be used for the enjoyment of the public.
Note to Editors: The Vesey Nature Reserve is a 7.5 acre parcel of land that extends from the verges of Evans Pond in Southampton over the ridgeline of Skroggins Hill to the shoreline of the Little Sound. It borders the Government-owned Evans Bay Nature Reserve and is adjacent to the railway trail. The site is predominantly lush untouched woodland, with many live cedars and rare native flora. Evans Pond in the bottom of the valley is a tidal saltwater pond bordered by mangroves and arable farmland. Such features are key to the survival of local flora and fauna and are an integral part of our natural history and culture. Overgrown quarries occur along the northwest slope of the valley and are of great interest for the native and introduced ferns they support.
Note to Editors: The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited (“Butterfield”) is Bermuda’s first and largest independent bank, and a specialist provider of international financial services. The Butterfield group offers a full range of community banking services in Bermuda, Barbados and the Cayman Islands, encompassing retail and corporate banking and treasury activities. In the wealth management area, the group provides private banking, asset management and personal trust services from its headquarters in Bermuda and subsidiary offices in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Malta, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Butterfield also provides services to corporate and institutional clients from offices in Bermuda, The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey, which include asset management and corporate trust services. Butterfield is a publicly traded corporation with shares listed on the Bermuda and Cayman Islands stock exchanges. Further details on the Butterfield group can be obtained from our website at: www.butterfieldgroup.com.