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Karl Tatler joins forces with National Trust for iconic local landscape

Karl Tatler Estate Agents & Lettings is joining forces with the National Trust to help protect one of Wirral’s most iconic wild places, Thurstaston Common.  

The Wirral-based agency is encouraging the public to donate £1 in exchange for an environmentally friendly Karl Tatler bag for life. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the National Trust to support the care of the heathland. 

Managing director Karl Tatler said: “Thurstaston Common is a much-loved landscape, holding precious memories for many local people. Our bags for life have been hugely popular with the public and we wanted to see if we could do more to help the local environment. The aim of our Thurstaston Common fundraising appeal is to help the National Trust with their crucial work protecting the nature we love, preserving it for generations to come.” 

To celebrate the launch of the fundraising appeal, Karl Tatler is running a competition on their social media sites (launching Fri 3 June). Free to enter, the winner will receive a National Trust family prize package, donated by the National Trust, which includes free access to National Trust properties nationally for 12 months*.  

John Twigg, Area Ranger for the National Trust said: “We’re delighted that Karl Tatler have chosen to support us through their Bag for Life scheme. Thurstaston Common is nationally important because there’s so little lowland heathland left now in Britain, and many birds, insects and animals, including some that are rare and endangered, depend entirely on its unique plants. Heathland like this has to be very actively managed, and that’s expensive; we cut back birch, gorse and bracken regularly as it could very quickly take over and destroy this special habitat.” 

Available from Karl Tatler’s seven branches across Wirral, the 100% recyclable, 100% reusable bags feature stunning photography of Wirral landmarks and landscapes. 

Karl Tatler added: “Not only is Thurstaston Common blessed with breathtaking views, it is environmentally significant too; and we can all do our bit to help with its conservation. Using less plastic bags, choosing a bag for life, and supporting the National Trust means we can protect and preserve this habitat together.”

Thurstaston Common’s unique habitat and importance for wildlife means it has an assigned status of being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). 

Figures released by major supermarkets estimate that plastic bag usage has plummeted by around 80% since the 5p charge was introduced in England eight months ago. Calculations state that 8.5 billion free plastic bags were used by British supermarket shoppers in 2014**.

Thurstaston Common is jointly owned and managed by the National Trust and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

 

* Full competition details, including full terms and conditions and prize details, please visit http://www.karltatler.com/articles/want-to-win-a-free-national-trust-family-prize-package.

**Figures by recycling charity, WRAP - www.wrap.org.uk/2015_carrier_bag_figures 
 

Photo 1 shows (L-R) – National Trust Area Ranger Jon Twigg and Karl Tatler, Managing Director of Karl Tatler Estate Agents & Lettings

For press enquires please call Samantha Durnion, Marketing & PR Manager, at Karl Tatler Estate Agents & Lettings on 0151 342 0461 or email samantha.durnion@karltatler.com

Photo by Jane Hockey Photography Ltd - www.janehockey.com

 

KEY FACTS

Thurstaston Common is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The site is jointly owned and managed by the National Trust and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Thurstaston Common is a lowland heathland habitat. This was originally a man-made habitat, created through the grazing of animals and regular cutting of birch for fuel and bracken for animal bedding. Historically, these activities maintained the open nature of heathlands and prevented them from developing into woodland.

Lowland heathland has sadly become extremely rare in the UK. It's estimated that 80% of Britain’s lowland heathland has been lost since 1800. Lack of grazing or poor management has resulted in shrubs and trees returning and turning them back into woodland. Heathlands have also been cleared for farming, lost to house building or damaged by over-use or inappropriate use.

100% of funds raised through the Karl Tatler Bag for Life scheme will be used at the National Trust-managed areas of Thurstaston Common to support the ongoing management and care of the heathland habitat.

 

National Trust 

The National Trust is a registered charity (no. 205846). We are completely independent of Government. We rely on membership fees, donations and legacies, and money raised from our commercial operations to fund our key purpose – our conservation work. 

Our purpose is to look after special places, for ever, for everyone and this includes coastlines, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs.

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Twitter: @NTWirral
Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/our-diverse-wirral-landscape 

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