Volunteers celebrate National Tree Week

Volunteers from across the University recently joined our Landscape Services team to plant a tree at the residences as part of our commitment to support the Woodland Trust's Big Climate Fightback campaign. Find out how you can get involved in our next tree planting event.

To mark National Tree Week, volunteers from Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS), Green Impact and the Landscape department planted a tree together on the paddock at the residences, to celebrate the University’s commitment to support the Woodland Trust’s campaign, The Big Climate Fightback.

Take part in our next tree planting event

We are delighted to have been donated 420 hedge saplings from the Woodland Trust, which will arrive in March 2020 and be planted as part of the University’s pledge to The Big Climate Fightback campaign. We will be holding a planting event during this time for volunteers from across the University to join us in planting these at the residences.

If you are interested in getting involved in this upcoming event, please contact Caryn Masters c.masters@sheffield.ac.uk from ACS for more information.

Our Landscape Services team have recently been working hard to plant 120 new trees at the residences. The trees have been planted as part of our University’s 2:1 tree replacement policy – a commitment to replacing any tree that has to be removed with at least two new trees. Reasons for replacement include the trees being dead or decayed, or when they pose a health and safety risk. The team are clear that removal of trees only occurs when it is considered absolutely necessary.

This is also about celebrating and raising awareness about all the benefits that trees offer. Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui, a PhD student in the Landscape Department who has conducted research on the impact of front gardens on health and wellbeing, said: “Trees are important as they mitigate against flooding and temperature extremes, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution, and are wildlife habitats. Just as importantly, they can create a sense of community, reduce stress levels, enhance our connection to nature, and soften the hard edges in our lives.”

Landscape team

Colleagues planting trees