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The National Trust for Scotland challenge teams to make a difference

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has launched a new brochure to promote its 'Corporate Challenge' team development experiences.

Corporate Challenges take place at countryside locations across Scotland where teams take on projects that help the NTS conserve some of its most important sites. Team tasks can include archaeological survey, woodland restoration and improvement and footpath repair.

One of the most popular Corporate Challenges available is at Mar Lodge Estate, Royal Deeside, where in September last year two international teams from Shell Exploration and Production in Europe undertook two projects aimed at improving wetland habitat for nesting and feeding waders and assisting with the regeneration of native woodland on the estate.

The Shell teams' challenge took place over four days and included evening events such as whisky tasting and Highland dancing in the Victorian Grand Dining Hall. Also included in the Mar Lodge experience was a Ranger-led walk in the Cairngorm foothills.

"The wonderful Lodge and surrounding countryside are an ideal place to come together with a group normally distributed around Europe," said Bart Hulshof, Head of GeoInformation Management at Shell. "It provided a real break from the office with great opportunity to socialise while contributing to the long-term sustainability of the Estate. The traditional, family-style dining with the whole team around the great dining table was a unique experience."

NTS say that Corporate Challenge presents a win-win opportunity for all concerned - team members gain new skills and get to know each other better, organisations improve both their social responsibility record and their team morale, and the Trust gets essential conservation work completed.

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