Huddersfield New College has revealed that students and staff will be planting over 300 trees around Campus during March as part of phase 1 in HNC’s tree planting scheme.

As part of the College’s drive to be a greener College and enable students to play their part in tackling the climate change crisis, HNC has created a new Green Group. The group is working to take forward a range of ideas and strategies to help the College and students lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and play their part in tackling the climate change crisis. All staff and students are asked to sign up to the HNC Green Pledge and commit to taking a number of simple steps to be more environmentally friendly. One strand of this work will see students and staff working with the Colne Valley Tree Society to plant trees around Campus with students and staff volunteering to plant the trees. 

Phase 1 of the project starts on 23rd March with the volunteers planting the first set of trees. The Woodland Trust has provided the trees and Colne Valley Tree Society will be providing their expert help and advice to ensure that trees are planted correctly and can make a difference to the environment for many years to come. Friends of the Earth say that just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover compared to an EU average of 35% and that trees represent part of the solution to protecting the environment and achieving net zero emissions. 

Sarah Newton, who Chair’s the College’s Green Group says: “The benefits of trees in helping to tackle climate change are well known as they remove harmful emissions from the air around us. As well as helping us to plant the trees, our students will also be learning more about the climate change crisis and what they can do to help, including by following the simple steps outlined in our Green Pledge. We know that tree planting is just one part of the solution to the current environmental crisis but we genuinely believe that if we all take a few small steps, together we can make a huge difference. We have made some great progress so far, and we're really excited about being able to confirm when phase 1 of our tree planting scheme will be commencing.”

Students and staff can register to volunteer to plant trees by emailing sarah.newton@huddnewcoll.ac.uk 


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