This winter, Bristol Energy is working with the One Tree Per Child project to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
The One Tree Per Child project has planted over 50,000 trees since launching in 2014 and is hoping to plant another 6,000 over the current winter period. The project covers the cost of the trees and tools, but relies on volunteers to help with the planting.
Last week, a team of Bristol Energy colleagues joined pupils from Stoke Park Primary and Ashley Down Primary to help ‘re-wild’ Stoke Park by planting a selection of native species, including oak and hazel trees as well as holly bushes. Recent reports have suggested that in order to tackle climate change and meet associated targets, tree planting must double in the UK by 2020.
Planting more trees will not only help to capture more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, but will also help limit the amount of flooding caused by global warming.
The Bristol Energy tariff ‘My Green Plus’, with 100% renewable electricity and 15% green gas, donates £3 to the One Tree Per Child project, with every switch helping the organisation continue to thrive. So far it has raised £19,284 for the project.
Holly Paton, from One Tree per Child, said: “It was great to see all our volunteers brave the horrendous weather to come and help us plant the trees. In total over 300 native species were planted as a new woodland south of Lockleaze Playing Fields. It’s been a wonderful start to the planting season and was a great way to kick off National Tree Week!”
Ben Donohoe, one of the volunteers from Bristol Energy, said: “Switching to a green energy supply is one of the simplest way to significantly cut your carbon emissions, but getting involved in activities like this is also essential if we want to really make a difference. It’s been a great day for everyone involved.”
“We’ll be doing all we can to support Bristol City Council in their pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, helping to facilitate a number of upcoming energy projects which will cut the city’s carbon significantly. We’re also really proud to support the One Tree Per Child team who are doing a brilliant job.” – Simon Proctor, Origination Manager, Bristol Energy.