Samlesbury Brewery and Wildlife Trust dig pond for the future on World Environment Day Back to news

6th June 2013


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5 June 2013: More than 20 employees from the Samlesbury Brewery in Preston came together in support of Lancashire’s wildlife, along with the Wildlife Trust, to mark World Environment Day.

On Wednesday, the team of volunteers, led by John Wells, ABI UK’s Environment and Safety Manager, dug a new shallow pond to compliment a small number of existing  ponds designed to help the local wildlife thrive by creating new habitats. The Brewery team were joined by representatives from the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust, part the UK’s leading nature preservation organisation.

The “Ponds for the future” event, organised by the Brewery, was an effort to contribute to Lancashire’s newly opened Brockholes Nature Reserve, where some of the biodiverse, existing ponds are at least 100 years old – possibly much older – and support assemblages of plants found on Ribbleton Moor in 1850.

Neil Nersesian, Brewery Manager at AB InBev’s Samlesbury Brewery, said:

“This nature reserve is set to become a central part of the Lancashire community, so we are delighted to do our bit to help it along.”

“I am very proud of what the team here at Samlesbury has achieved to integrate sustainability into every aspect of our business. We already recycle more than 99% of all our waste, we continue to maintain a strong focus on water usage, which is yielding record results this year, and we are always looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment and achieve our dream: To be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.”

Samlesbury Brewery, and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), have recently announced the achievement of an ambitious set of three year environmental goals to reduce water and energy consumption and carbon emissions, and improve their rate of recycling. Samlesbury helped the company achieve these goals, by reducing its water usage by 14% and reducing its overall energy use by more than 11% over the last three years.

John Wells, who is also Chairman of the Lancashire Environment Forum, said:

“By working with organisations such as the Wildlife Trust we are able to support hands-on environmental improvements. We have a rich and diverse natural environment in Lancashire and by creating these ponds we are providing a perfect habitat where some of the smaller creatures such as insects, frogs and newts can thrive. Sometimes nature needs a helping hand. This is part of our on-going commitment to support the local environment so that it can be enjoyed by all of us for generations to come”.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust Conservation Officer Ben Hargreaves said:

“AB InBev employees will be helping to create additional wetland habitat to complement existing ponds at Pope Lane Fields Local Nature Reserve in Preston. We are delighted AB InBev staff are getting involved in improving his important site for a range of creatures, including endangered great crested newts. Conservation work is a great way to get involved and understand more about the natural world on your own doorstep. It proves that AB InBev set a great example, not only providing jobs in the area, but also safeguarding their local environment.”

Samlesbury Brewery employs around 280 people who work together to produce AB InBev’s world famous beers, including Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Built in 1972, the brewery celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. This was acknowledged by the then Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Mr and Mrs Colin Clarke, who marked the event by unveiling a commemorative plaque at the Brewery.


 For photos and further information please contact:

Alan Wright
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Hannah Robinson
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 About Samlesbury Brewery

  • Second largest AB InBev brewery in the UK
  • Built in 1972 by Whitbread
  • Site occupies 80 acres (3.24km2)
  • Employs around 280 people
  • Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 363 days a year
  • Brands produced on site include Stella Artois, Budweiser, Brahma, Bass and Boddingtons
  • Produces kegs, cans & bottles across 4 packaging lines
  • In a single day the site can produce 3.5 million bottles, 1.7 million cans & 17 thousand kegs
  • Produces approximately 2.5 million hectolitres of beer per year (equivalent of more than 440 million pints)
  • £29.3 million pounds has been invested in the site in the last three years
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