Woodbridge-based Deben Travel are planting trees at Suffolk’s Royal Hospital School (RHS) this Saturday 30th November as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fight Back.
Deben Travel approached RHS after reading about the school’s Grow with Us scheme which includes planting a tree for every child who joins. The travel company have long been aware of the contribution that the travel industry makes to greenhouse gases and has wanted to plant trees to contribute some offset its carbon footprint but didn’t know how to move this forward. They’ve donated over 700 young trees - a mix of native species – which will be planted over the coming winter months, beginning this Saturday.
Director of Deben Travel, Lee Hunt, explains a little more about their involvement: “Deben Travel are delighted to be part of the Royal Hospital School and Woodland Trust's Big Climate Fight Back. On behalf of our team and customers, the planting of over 700 trees represents the number of long-haul flights we've organised this year and we hope our actions further raise awareness of the importance of offsetting carbon emissions”.
The planting will be carried out by the RHS pupil Eco Committee who have been responsible for a range of initiatives at the school including the replacement of single-use plastic water bottles.
Commenting on the initiative, RHS headmaster, Simon Lockyer, said: “Our commitment to our pupils and our community come together in our Grow with Us scheme. We are delighted to partner with businesses who are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by offering space to plant trees within our grounds. Our extensive woodland management programme includes rewilding, the introduction of bees and traditional hedge-laying means that we can ensure the sustainability of these trees in the years to come”.