To ensure that we are providing support where it is most needed we have forged partnerships with the following organisations in our communities:
Urban Partners (UP) is a voluntary business partnership comprising organisations from the King’s Cross, Euston and St Pancras locality who are committed to improving the local area for residents and young people. Its members include Google, HS1, the Guardian, Argent, Green & Fortune, Ted Baker, Virgin East Coast, St Pancras Hotels Group, Springer Nature and Crosstree.
Kent Walk to School- A charitable programme which encourages walking in the county’s schools. In 2017 over 318,000 road journeys were taken off Kent’s roads due to this initiative. It is not only important to the environment but promotes exercise and wellbeing in young people.
Global Generation- A local charity that runs the ‘Skip Garden’ made from recycled construction skips from the ongoing King’s Cross development where young people learn about sustainability, grow fruit and vegetables, learn to cook and sell their products through the Skip Garden café. Global Generation runs the ‘Honey Club’ which works with local businesses to expand the network of bee-keeping communities and to provide bee-friendly planting. The team has also developed an app with a bee-friendly trail to demonstrate the small but important changes which can help the health and survival of urban bees.
Our Bees and Our Honey- As part of our collaboration with Global Generation and the Honey Club we decided to invest and establish our own bee colony at Mersham, near Ashford in Kent. Our ten bee hives are located alongside HS1, the UK’s first high-speed line which provides an important corridor of biodiversity. With large areas of arable land surrounding the colony it is perfect for our bees as they produce our own ‘Eurostar Honey’. Our Head Apiarist is a Eurostar train driver, and he is supported by colleagues from our contact centre at Ashford and our depot. We take advice from local experts and of course, buy locally. We expect to be sustainable in honey by 2018 which not only goes into our specially created ‘Toujours 21’ gin but is also used in Business Premier desserts on boar.
Kringwinkel, Begium- In Belgium, we work with Kringwinkel a Flanders sustainability organisation with over 140 shops which employs 5,400 people. The workforce comprises those who may have a disability or have limited language ability so it is a valuable first step in employment. During 2017 we supported a specific initiative to encourage more recycling in Belgium. This was very successful and we are going to run a similar initiative in 2018. We are also working on a major recycling project for the renewal of the luggage elements of the Eurostar uniform, including all the crew bags – wheelies, rucksacks and shoulder bags
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