Lewsey Park in Luton will be home to a new area of woodland in 10 years’ time after the planting of 1,000 trees by 20 employees from Wates’ Luton office.
The new trees will aid the creation of a new woodland wildlife habitat within Lewsey Park, while also offsetting the unavoidable carbon emissions caused by vehicles, site machinery and the site office accommodation required to support construction of Wates’ projects in Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas.
All the trees planted are native British species including Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Oak and Rowan.
The tree planting event formed part of Wates’ Treeathlon Challenge, which will see the construction company plant 15,000 trees in the UK by 2022, in partnership with the Carbon Footprint Company and The Conservation Volunteers.
Ian Vickers, Regional Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, said: “This tree planting initiative underpins our perpetual commitment to being a responsible business and seeking opportunities to support the local community and restore the natural environment. This new area of woodland will continue to flourish long after our current construction projects have completed, resulting in a new habitat for local wildlife and offsetting the carbon emissions created while creating much-needed new buildings for our clients in Bedfordshire and beyond.”