Preserving the rich variety of life on earth is one of Toyota's priorities. We invest time and resources in conserving the planet's bountiful and beautiful flora and fauna. From small-scale local projects covering a few hectares to more extensive collaborations that have a global significance and are helping to preserve and even improve the planet's ecosystem.
What’s this all about?
We have taken a lead in the UK motor industry by establishing a partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to strengthen the ecological and environmental quality of our UK operations. This collaboration is transforming Toyota’s production sites and its national headquarters into thriving, sustainable habitats for plants and wildlife, supporting our global principle of working in harmony with the environment - Environmental Challenge #6.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.
What’s one example?
Toyota’s Burnaston car manufacturing plant in Derbyshire. Here, the aim was to demonstrate how a working industrial site can successfully support biodiversity through environmental land management. The project will secure a green legacy for the future, without compromising the cost or efficiency of its core business.
How did it happen?
A team from Kew was involved in landscape planning and in providing expertise in horticulture, land restoration, seed quality, and project implementation with local landscape designers and contractors.
The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust also collaborated in the project. Burnaston employees were encouraged to engage in the project, learn about the thinking behind the changes and get involved in the planting process.
What’s the result?
The 2.35 million square metres 580-acre Burnaston site contains areas of meadow, grassland, wetlands, woods and hedgerows, and is home to more than 400 plant and animal species, some of them rare and protected.
Working with Kew’s world-class experts in plant science, we have created even more natural habitats, with a plan to restore a further 230,000 square metres by 2020.
Experts from Kew are helping biodiversity projects at Toyota's sites in Belgium: our European headquarters in Brussels, our technical centre in Zaventem and parts logistics centre in Diest.
These and other projects demonstrate that a manufacturer, working with an internationally renowned research and educational organisation, can create an ecologically rich environment that connects with its local surroundings and community, to ensure a future society in harmony with nature.