MP tours King’s Lynn Mars Foods and meets Tilney St Lawrence and Middleton schoolchildren

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Mars Food UK, which earlier this year announced a multi-million pound investment at its Lynn site, played host to MP Henry Bellingham and schoolchildren from Tilney St Lawrence and Middleton primary schools on Friday.

Tilney pupils described the work they had done to create a wildlife garden, while those from Middleton explained what they had done to produce an outdoor learning space and a garden of poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The projects, completed last year, were completed with the help of Mars Food UK employees and the Eco Schools Programme, an international award scheme that supports schools to become more sustainable.

Michal Riha, plant director at Mars Food UK said: “Mars Food UK is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and helping to improve the local environment. We were delighted to welcome Henry Bellingham to our King’s Lynn site today to meet the children involved in these projects, and also learn about the multi-million pound investment in our office facilities, which will also be eco-friendly.”

Mars Food UK have supported 12 local schools since 2009 through the Eco School Programme by providing funding and teams of Mars Food staff to assist with school grounds improvement projects.

The Lynn site itself has also succeeded in reaching numerous environmental milestones, including achieving its zero waste to landfill target in 2013 and cutting transport carbon emissions by 30 per cent through efficient use of lorries.

At the end of their visit, Mr Bellingham joined the children in a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the day. Mr Bellingham said: “It is a great honour to plant the lovely silver birch tree to mark the start of the construction on the new multi-million pound office development at the Mars Food site and this is a tremendous vote of confidence from the business to Lynn and West Norfolk.”

Mars Food’s multi-million pound investment plans for offices and facilities were announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in January. The factory employs over 250 staff and manufactures well known products such as Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s.