Back in September, renewable energy provider Robin Hood Energy kick started their campaign to plant 300 English oak trees in Nottingham. They began by donating 50 trees to residents at the Nottingham Green Festival, and went on to gift free trees to local schools.
Speaking about the campaign, Robin Hood Energy CEO Gail Scholes said ‘simply talking about climate change isn’t enough. I want to say I didn’t stand by and watch, that I did everything in my power to help. We were thrilled when Castle Rock Brewery got in touch to see how they could get involved and the idea has grown from there.’
Manager of the Kean’s Head, Dave Coxon, decided to back the campaign. ‘I spotted a few things on social media and in the press about the initiative and thought it was a great idea. I said we’d take 40 trees off their hands, and set myself the task of distributing them,’ Dave explained.
He reached out to other managers, colleagues, suppliers and fellow brewers to find homes for the trees. Fruit Basket Direct, Debbie Bryan and Welbeck Abbey are among the new owners of the two-year-old saplings, as well as our own pubs the Embankment and the Fox & Grapes.
Robin Hood Energy will be tracking the 300 trees on their journeys over the coming months and years, so we’ll be sure to update you.
HOW THE TREES CAN HELP
Planting trees is a great way to sequester carbon emissions because, as trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. In fact, many scientists consider planting billions of trees to be one of the cheapest solutions for removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Research published earlier this year estimated that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of the all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today.
WHY ENGLISH OAK TREES?
The Woodland Trust describes the oak tree as the ‘ruling majesty of the woods’ due to it’s special place in our ‘culture, history and hearts’. Plus, it supports more life than any other native tree species in the UK. Even its fallen leaves support biodiversity. (Read about all the amazing things oak trees provide here.)
It’s also important to plant trees that are native, to help preserve the UK’s environment and biodiversity.
A RESIDENT OF NOTTINGHAM?
Consider joining Facebook group #NottinghamTrees if you’re a resident of Nottingham and are interested in working with your community to plant more trees.
CONTACT ROBIN HOOD ENERGY
Contact project manager Curtis Stocken if you’re a fellow business owner and want to get involved with Robin Hood Energy’s initiative.