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Tree-mendous effort

Posted on 10 March 2020

The Flagship Group planted 80 trees across the east of England in just one day, to help reduce its environmental impact.

Flagship aims to plant more than 1,200 trees across the east of England by 2030 – one for every member of staff – to provide habitats for wildlife and to offset its CO2 emissions. 

About 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint comes from the built environment. 

Trish Worden, Head of Cyclical Works for Flagship’s repairs and maintenance specialist, RFT, said: “We are passionate about reducing our environmental impact. And the team felt it could make a real difference. Everyone is talking about how they want to help the environment, but we can get out there and do something practical, fairly quickly.” 

Flagship aims to replace as many damaged, dying or dead shrubs, bushes and hedges as possible. Maple, Birch and Crab Apple are just a few of the species that have been planted to enhance communal areas. 

Additionally, RFT has replaced all petrol-powered tools with battery power to reduce noise and air pollution. It has also swapped its plastic mop heads with microfibre ones, which last six times longer and reduce waste.