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Celebrating sustainability: growing our campus tree cover

Planting trees at Bristol Uni

Press release issued: 6 December 2019

The University of Bristol has pledged to plant 1,600 trees in 2020 as part of its continued effort to take action on climate change.

The trees will be mixed native species, including a number of fruit trees for the benefit of foraging animals, and will be planted over a hectare of the University property Fenswood Farm at Long Ashton.

It’s part of the University’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Ahead of the planting plans next year, students from the Bristol University Conservation Group and staff from the University’s Campus Division planted a row of trees in the Royal Fort Garden to celebrate the University’s commitment to sustainability.

The newly planted pear trees form part of an edible themed bed of fruit and vegetable plants, which staff and students are welcome to help themselves to when the produce is ready to harvest.

Alan Stealey, Head of External Estates at the University of Bristol, said: “As trees absorb carbon dioxide, it is critical that more are planted. We’ve specifically looked at what type of tree species will build further resilience to climate change, as well as making sure trees are planted in the right place to guarantee their tree canopies can bring maximum benefit in the years to come.

“The University has a vast estate, with over 200 acres of gardens and open spaces and 400 acres of farmland. We will continue to maintain and enhance the diversity of trees throughout the estate as we look to become a carbon neutral university by 2030.”

Simone Jacobs, Horticultural Supervisor Gardens and Grounds at the University of Bristol, said: “A huge thanks to the students from the Bristol University Conservation Group who volunteered to help with the fruit tree planting.

“We’re deeply committed to our mature tree collection and the value they have, while also seeking opportunities for new plantings and their establishment to the future benefit of all in our community.”

Further information

Earlier this year the University of Bristol declared a climate emergency. Find out more about the University’s pledges to ensure our continued commitment to sustainability, our actions, achievements, and how to get involved on our Green University pages.

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