This week Anglian Water is celebrating National Tree Week by planting a new section of woodland this Saturday (30 November) at its Rutland Water reservoir in partnership with the Woodland Trust.
As part of National Tree Week, Anglian Water staff and volunteers will plant 130 new trees to help tackle climate change and protect precious wildlife habitats. The company will join The Woodland Trust’s nationwide campaign - ‘The Big Climate Fightback’ – which is aiming to encourage one million people to plant a tree on 30 November across the UK.
In August this year all UK water companies, made a commitment to plant 11 million trees in a bid to become a carbon neutral industry by 2030. This pledge is one of five areas, which also include tackling leakage and increasing social mobility, that make up the water industry’s Public Interest Commitment (PIC).
The PIC is the industry’s pledge to continue to deliver wider benefits to society above and beyond the provision of clean, fresh drinking water.
The planting at Rutland Water follows on from 50 trees that were recently planted at Anglian Water’s Marston Moretaine Water Recycling Centre in Bedfordshire. The new trees were planted as part of a refurbishment to the site’s natural filtration grass plots.
Will Kirstein, Park Manager at Anglian Water’s Rutland Water, said: “We take our commitment to the environment and the communities we serve very seriously, and we’re proud to be able to celebrate National Tree Week by joining the Woodland Trust’s efforts in our region.
“We hope that these trees will act as a symbol of our commitment in helping our region tackle the huge challenge of climate change and our intent to be a completely carbon neutral business by 2030. Aside from looking at how we can reduce operational and capital carbon, this part of our promise enables us to give something back directly to our environment while reducing carbon and enhancing biodiversity.”
Anglian has already made huge strides towards becoming a carbon neutral business by 2030. Since 2010 the company has made a 58% reduction in capital carbon a 29% reduction in operational carbon.
Darren Moorcroft, the Woodland Trust’s Chief Executive said: “This is what the Big Climate Fightback is all about – giving people of all ages, no matter where they live, a simple way to make a difference on climate change by planting a tree.
“Trees are the natural solution – they soak up CO2 and deliver oxygen. They are of course not the only solution though, every one of us could also do our bit by recycling more and reducing our carbon footprint.”
“When we see so many people coming together on November 30 to plant trees it will be a proud moment. Each one of the trees planted will contribute to make our country that bit greener and healthier. Every tree counts.”
This is the first of series of planting events as Anglian Water continues to enhance the natural environment around its sites and follows on from the rejuvenation of meadow land at the Whitwell area of the reservoir at Rutland. The team are always looking for volunteers to join their Park Lovers Team who work tirelessly to enhance the park and interested parties should get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org