THE UNCOMMON PARTNERS WITH KENT WILDLIFE TRUST TO SUPPORT GROUND-BREAKING CONSERVATION PROJECTS!

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Published July 28, 2022

THE UNCOMMON PARTNERS WITH KENT WILDLIFE TRUST TO SUPPORT GROUND-BREAKING CONSERVATION PROJECTS AS UK TEMPERATURES SOAR

Award-winning B Corp English winemaker, The Uncommon, has announced a new partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, as the charity welcomed the UK’s first wild bison as part of Wilder Blean, a ground-breaking conservation project that hopes to slow the climate crisis.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity and manages over 80 nature reserves across Kent, ensuring the landscape is protected and enhanced for wildlife. This week, Kent Wildlife Trust, in association with The Wildwood Trust, reached a pioneering conservation project milestone by releasing European bison into an ancient woodland in Kent.

The bison are ‘eco-system engineers’ which means they will restore life to the woodland through their natural behaviours and create a more climate resilient landscape within West Blean and Thorden Woods– located 10 miles from The Uncommon’s vineyard. This is the first-time wild bison have roamed in the UK for thousands of years.

The Uncommon is the UK’s first Certified B Corp wine brand and received one of the top three scores in the drinks industry largely thanks to its fully domestic supply chain[1]. It is committed to supporting ‘wilder’ approaches to conservation to help protect the natural environment for future generations.

Henry Connell, co-founder of The Uncommon said: “We are very aware that the future successes of the English winemaking industry are interlinked with the climate warming we’ve experienced this past week. This makes supporting our local communities and environment of paramount important to us, to help mitigate future damage.”

“We’re unbelievably proud to support this pioneering project as well as other nationally important but locally delivered ‘wilding’ projects going forwards. This is just the beginning, but we hope it inspires others to break tradition for the better.”

The Uncommon pledges to donate at least 2% of its revenue to charitable conservation projects over the year ahead. The team will also be giving their time to volunteering opportunities, as well as getting customers involved with fundraising and promotional activities.

Tamarin Ward, Director of Fundraising, Marcomms and Advocacy at Kent Wildlife Trust said: “We are delighted to be partnering with The Uncommon as we welcome Kent’s newest wild residents, our amazing bison, into Blean’s ancient woodland.

An important part of Wilder Blean is community engagement: we want all of Kent to love the bison as much as we do, and value them and their amazing work as ‘eco-engineers’.

To have the support of The Uncommon, a beloved local business who values the importance of wilding and how crucial it is to mitigate the nature and climate crises, is exactly what we want for Wilder Blean. We’re so excited to see where this partnership takes us as we work towards a wilder future for Kent.”

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