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Askham Bryan College takes part in The Woodland Trust ‘Big Climate Flightback’

Date: 25th November 2019

The College will plant 1,000 trees, the largest quantity in North Yorkshire, for the event

Askham Bryan College takes part in The Woodland Trust’s national campaign ‘The Big Climate Fightback’
The College will plant 1,000 trees, the largest quantity in North Yorkshire, for the event

Askham Bryan College will participate in The Woodland Trust’s national campaign, ‘The Big Climate Fightback’ by planting 1,000 trees on their campus grounds during the week of November 25th 2019. The College is pledging its support to reduce carbon emissions, climate change and biodiversity loss and to promote natural regeneration in the city’s green spaces. The 1,000 saplings have been underwritten by The Woodland Trust and provided by local nursery, Thorpe Trees. The College’s planting for the campaign is the largest in North Yorkshire and will be carried out by the staff and students from its Horticulture and Arboriculture programmes.

Sarah Owen-Hughes, Higher Education Course Manager of Horticulture at University Centre, Askham Bryan, who is leading on the project says, “We are so pleased to take part in The Woodland Trust’s campaign.  Their mission aligns with our College’s values, so we were very eager to get on board.  Locally, the saplings that will be planted will replace felled trees from our Community Woodland, provide new replacement trees in our Tree Nursery that we will replant over the next few years, and will infill some of our farm hedges. The efforts of our Arboriculture and Horticulture students will support the Woodland Trust’s goal to increase the patchwork of trees and woods nationally, whilst providing them with a live experience of improving the local environment. The students will finish their courses here knowing they have left a legacy on campus.”

Carol Honeybun-Kelly, strategic woodland projects lead at the Woodland Trust said, “Most people are aware of the race against time in terms of climate change and planting trees being part of the solution – they absorb harmful CO2 and produce vital oxygen. But we are not planting anywhere near enough. The Big Climate Fightback is about inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds and providing the chance to take direct action as part of a mass movement. We are delighted Askham Bryan College has taken up the challenge to get more trees in the ground.”

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