Gifting Films to the Environment
Beechtobeach is a small media company which is committed to environmental issues.
It was formed in 2012 by a team of media professionals who were frustrated by the lack of creative opportunities outside London.
The company regularly donates its time and creative expertise to support threatened environments – producing free of charge films to bring attention to issues such as damaging rural developments and on shore oil drilling.
These films have been used by the BBC, Spirit FM, local newspapers and campaign groups to raise awareness of the threats facing the natural environment in Sussex.
‘Video is a key tool to deep understanding and connection with issues as well as providing content that is more likely to be shared to help spread those messages,’ says Beechtobeach Director, Jane Mote. ‘Our community videos have helped to raise awareness, enable campaign groups to gather support and visualise issues with authorities.’
These videos have included a walk through a threatened woodland with the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s CEO, Dr Tony Whitbread, who explains how the whole of the Weald is under threat from the piecemeal loss of habitat.
Another production is a film in support of a campaign to save an ancient bridge in woodlands near Kirdford, near Petworth. West Sussex County Council wants to demolish the historic bridge and build a motorway style replacement, destroying part of the surrounding woodland.All these professional films were produced cost free to environmental causes – helping to protect habitats and to support campaigns and charities across Sussex.