Our successful ‘Forest Floor Initiative’ has enabled COBA Flooring to support the planting of some 250 trees in The National Forest, as part of a project to transform 200 square miles of land in the heart of England.
We launched our Forest Floor Initiative in 2015 pledging to donate trees on the back of sales from our Premier range of entrance matting. From this small acorn, came a bigger idea. In 2016, COBA Flooring became a corporate supporter of The National Forest. Our Sales Director, Chris Stanley together with Business Development Supervisor, Tracey Jobson, recently joined a team of volunteers as we planted our first trees at The National Forest’s Nanpanton Road site in Charnwood, located between the villages of Charley, Copt Oak and Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire. The site was formerly a dairy farm and is now an area where The National Forest is creating groves, woodland and wild flower meadows as habitat for wildlife.
Speaking on behalf of COBA Flooring, Chris Stanley said: “COBA’s headquarters are based in Leicestershire and we are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile community project which is local to our business. The work of the National Forest helps create a better future for our landscape, wildlife and the community as a whole. As a company, we have ISO 14001 registration, and where possible we try to reduce the impact our business activities have on the environment. We see our support for The National Forest as one small way to help reduce our carbon footprint, while benefiting the community and wildlife too.”
About The National Forest
The National Forest stretches across 200 square miles of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. It links towns, villages and open land, blending new planting and other forest habitats with ancient woodland. It is a project that is not only inspiring beautiful landscape, but also bringing major ecological and economic benefits to the area, for many generations to enjoy in years to come.
Some 7059 hectares of new forest has been created to date, with over 8.5 million trees planted and 60 miles of new hedgerows as well as the creation of 150 new wildlife ponds. Forest cover has increased from 6% to 20% across the 200 square miles. Over 45 new sport and recreation facilities have been created for fishing, mountain biking, orienteering, carriage-driving, horse riding, ski and snowboarding. 516,473 children have enjoyed environmental education sessions, and the area attracts some 7.8 million visitors annually, generating £373 million into the local economy. In fact, 10% of all people moving to the Midlands now choose to live in The National Forest.
COBA Flooring’s Premier range of Entrance Matting
We linked our Forest Floor Initiative to sales of our Premier range of entrance matting systems. It’s a collection of interlocking PVC/Carpet tiles that are manufactured from 80% recycled materials. The interlocking entrance tile system is really popular for many different commercial environments from shopping centre entrances, to transport terminals, offices, hotels and leisure centres. The Premier range consists of Premier Track, Premier Plus and Premier Surface, the latter being ideal if you don’t have a recessed mat well. Full details of our Premier range can be found here.