A team of lawyers got their hands dirty working to help boost tree growth at a major forest charity.

Staff from Wright Hassall came together for a volunteering session at the Heart of England Forest in Warwickshire, offering up a grand total of 54 hours of volunteer time across 12 members of staff.

The team focused mainly on creating better opportunities for oak and sweet chestnut trees to grow at the new Coughton Park site by removing birch and pine trees ahead of the planting season.

The Heart of England Forest project is hoped to eventually stretch across 30,000 acres with 13 million trees.

At present around 3,000 acres of woodland have been created in a bid to bring the UK closer to the likes of France, Germany and Italy in terms of tree cover.

Jonathan Saunders, Volunteer Manager at the Heart of England Forest, said: “I would like to give a big thank you to the Wright Hassall group for joining us over at Coughton Park, it was a delight having the team on board for the day.

“Despite some rather nasty weather the group ploughed on with enthusiasm and determination to get the work done.

“We really appreciate the time and effort put in and I hope that they thoroughly enjoyed their day with us.”

The Wright Hassall group was led by HR director Paul Gregson, who was joined by a mixed group of lawyers, legal secretaries, and support staff to volunteer their time.

Gregson said: “It was a great team building experience from Wright Hassall’s point of view, bringing together staff from across the company for a unique day of activity that will leave behind a positive environmental impact.

“We are glad to have been able to offer our support to such a unique and inspiring project and look forward to returning at some point in the future.”