Microgaming plants trees to celebrate 20 years on the Isle of Man

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Lisa Michaels

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Global iGaming powerhouse Microgaming has chosen to celebrate 20 years in operation by giving back to the very earth beneath its feet.

The company chose the Isle of Man, which has been the location of its headquarters for the last 2 decades, to deploy around 80 of its volunteers on October 8 and 9 to plant sapling trees in the historic parish of Rushen. This event forms part of the company’s employee-driven PlayItForward CSR initiative.

Microgaming’s staff worked with representatives from the Manx Wildlife Trust to get the trees into the ground. Microgaming has also pledged a further 1500 saplings to the project.

Dubbed the “microforest”, the area will contain numerous native tree species such as birch aspen, native oak, and hawthorn, and wild roses.

Nature Appreciator

This project is the realization of Microgaming’s pledge to be a sustainable and eco-aware organization and this current planting exercise will yield a diverse forest in a few decades. The forest will need minimal maintenance and will be allowed to flourish naturally, adding much-needed natural habitats for the island’s wildlife. With scarce rainfall in the region, the Rushen Fire Station was enlisted to assist in irrigating the land with around 5,000 litres of water.

The Southern Nomads RUFC, which has a pitch close to the planting site, offered up parking facilities for the volunteers on the day.

20 years in the game

Microgaming’s CEO, John Coleman, reflected on the significance of the new initiative island, saying,

“As we come to the end of our 20-year celebrations, I’m proud that Microgaming can support a project that will benefit our island for many more decades. Huge thanks to everyone who mucked in to bring the microforest to life, together you have helped plant a legacy that will last for years to come.”

Andree Dubbeldam, the Conservation Officer for Manx Wildlife Trust added,

“The new microforest is the first piece of a massive nature jigsaw that will take shape on land owned by Rushen and Arbory Commissioners over the coming years. The microforest’s location close to Port Erin and Port St Mary means that it will not only bring wildlife into a suburban area, but it will also attract people out into nature, delivering the associated physical and mental health benefits. Children and adults alike will be able to enjoy the space for centuries.”

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