Mi Hub dedicates an acre of Woodland

An acre of woodland with a post has been dedicated in grove one at Willesley Wood.

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Mi Hub has proudly dedicated an acre of woodland in grove one, at Willesley Wood - the heart of England's National Forest, near Mi Hub HQ to celebrate our move to paperless billing. 

Mi Hub has been reducing the amount of paper used for invoices and statements over recent years, with 320,000 pieces sent in 2021, and 206,000 pieces sent in 2022. This move will work towards the complete reduction of any and all paper billing, saving 1.6 tonnes of paper a year. 

Going paperless supports our ESG Carbon objective to achieve verified carbon neutrality on scopes 1 & 2 by 2030 and scope 3 by 2040. Plus, our customers will never have to worry about misplacing or losing an invoice or statement again. Mi Hub brand customers now have access to their invoices and statement anytime, anywhere, online at their fingertips, whilst being able to view up to 12 months of accrued online documents.

Grove oneGrove One, Willesley Wood, Donisthorpe, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. 


About The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, protecting, restoring and creating new woods across the UK. By dedicating a whole area of woodland Mi Hub is proud to support the Woodland Trust's vital work. 


About Grove One in Willesley Wood

Willesley Wood is alive with plants, insects and wildlife and has the potential to grow even more valuable as the centuries pass and the existing trees become veteran, and the ancient trees. The dedicated grove itself will be there forever, supporting a constantly changing cast of trees, plants, animals and fungi. 

The very first National Forest tree went into the ground at Willesley Wood almost three decades ago. In that relatively short time, the area’s long industrial heritage has all but disappeared under a fascinating 139-acre (56-hectare) mosaic of old woodland, maturing planted woodland, flower meadow and wetland.

Clues to the area’s history are still there if you know what to look for; next door, of course, is the old Oakthorpe colliery, now a popular picnic site, and in parts of the wood it’s possible to see fenced enclosures protecting capped mine-shafts.

The most visible legacy of more than a century of mining beneath the site is the lovely Thortit Lake at the centre of the wood, created by the collapse of exhausted coal seams below it. It’s just four feet deep but is home to a healthy population of carp, pike and tench.

A grassland oasis has been left around the lake’s western half and the area is mown just once a year, each September, to help encourage the creation of a rich, diverse habitat for the wildlife, plants and insects that love wetland margins.

Planting here was carefully planned to enhance the wood’s gentle slopes and create enchanting views across the water. Most trees are oak and ash with some faster growing silver birch, willow and cherry planted in blocks. Towards the edges of the wood are maple, guelder rose and holly and in these margins it’s possible to see early marsh orchid. Broad, wellmaintained rides make access easy for walkers, and a surfaced, circular path provides access even in the worst of weathers.

Especially attractive to butterflies in early summer are the extensive nettle and thistle beds in the wood’s open parkland close to the entrance. Native bluebells carpet the wood in spring, and from June to August, Willesley’s meadows sparkle with blue and violet meadow crane’s-bill and the rare pinky-purple blooms of corncockle. Despite its relative youth, the wood’s centre is already home to plants associated with ancient woodland such as pendulous sedge and dog’s mercury.

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