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Date posted: 25th November 2019

From November 23rd to December 1st, the UK will celebrate National Tree Week, which has been inspiring communities across the country to plant thousands of trees every year since 1975.

We need millions more trees to be planted to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. As champions of sustainability, we want to help with this crisis where we can and when designing our new Pallet HQ in Eaglescliffe, we realised that there was a way in which we could.

We are currently landscaping the entrance to the site and retaining as many of the original trees and shrubs as possible. Not only will this make our site look beautiful but will decrease air pollution and increase our sustainability.

When we started the construction, there were two old trees which needed felling. As an environmentally conscious company, we had both trees checked out prior to felling.

The first contained a nest of bees which has been rehomed by someone near Middleton St. George and the second tree was extremely old but did look like it could be the perfect place for bats to roost. We instructed an Ecologist to carry out surveys, both nocturnal and during the day. We found that the tree was, in fact, not home to any bats and we were subsequently able to fell it.

Despite us having to remove two trees, our ethics are of utmost importance to us, and so we have decided to plant new trees in their place to enhance the landscape and improve the air quality in our local area.

Trees assist in cleaning the air and they even absorb harmful particles and pollutants which contributes to a cleaner environment. You may remember in 2017, to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, we planted a grove of trees in the Caledonian Forest, with the help of Trees For Life.

If you are interested in planting trees this week and becoming a Tree Champion, please visit The Tree Council.

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