Somerset Wildlife Trust has teamed up with county wide Toyota dealer, Somerset County Cars, to help ensure that the charity has a vehicle fleet robust enough to tackle both the demands of off-roading across the county and to enable its staff to deliver its wide-ranging programme of events and activities over the year. The Trust’s reserve managers alone drive over 100,000 miles a year keeping its 72 nature reserves maintained, and its existing fleet urgently needed updating. The first two vehicles of the partnership – two Toyota Hiluxs, known for their supreme off-roading abilities – have been recently delivered, complete with eye-catching livery. (see picture)


Andrew Davis, Somerset Wildlife Trust Director of Resources comments, “We’re delighted to have partnered with Somerset County Cars for our vehicle fleet. They have delivered hugely competitive pricing, and having a servicing and maintenance package for the vehicles also ensures that, as a Trust, we are operating in a much more cost effective manner moving forwards. It’s also important to us that we partner with manufacturers that demonstrate a responsible approach to the environment, and Toyota vehicles are well established for their green credentials. Somerset County Cars are also well known for their exceptionally high levels of customer after care and that’s very important to us. ”

Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager, Neil Watson, picked up one of the vehicles from Ben Allen at Somerset County Cars. Neil said: “It’s really important that, not only do we have vehicles that can cope with the rough terrain across our reserves, but we work with a vehicle supplier that understands those conditions and can ensure that we maximise the life-span of those vehicles with good servicing and maintenance. The vehicles look fantastic and we are looking forward to being spotted out and about!”

Ben Allen, Business Centre Manager of Somerset County Cars comments, “We are proud to be associated with the Somerset Wildlife Trust. As a company with our heart in the county, we are constantly aware of the work the Trust undertakes, and the vital importance of it. We are looking forward to finding new and exciting ways to develop this partnership.”