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Greenwood Plants awarded contract to grow three million native trees for National Highways
Greenwood Plants is delighted to have been awarded £2.7 million of funding by National Highways to grow three million native trees from seed, over five years.
By: Greenwood Plants Ltd
The trees are being cultivated from seed, in peat-free compost and according to the National Plant Specification, to achieve the highest quality stock through rigorous growing standards. The native species include holly, Scots pine, oak, rowan and beech. They will offer seasonal interest throughout the year and blend harmoniously with the surrounding natural environment whilst supporting the local ecosystem.
"We're really proud to be supporting National Highways in its goals of reaching Net Zero and improving biodiversity across the country, principles that are very close to our heart at Greenwood", said Melanie Asker, Managing Director.
National Highways endeavours to connect the country and grow the economy in a sustainable way and continues to take action to cut carbon emissions at every opportunity. It has recently published its 'Environmental Sustainability Strategy' which sets out the organisation's long-term vision to manage roads in a more sustainable way, ensuring the network can be used to maximise opportunities to support biodiversity and reduce congestion in a way that supports its journey to Net Zero.
Malcolm Dare, National Highways, Executive Director, Commercial and Procurement, said "We are proud to be leading this ground breaking investment for the strategic road network. The planting of three million trees by 2030 shows how seriously we take our role in addressing the climate crisis and building a cleaner, greener future for everyone."
Greenwood's values and sustainability activities are aligned with the environmental goals of National Highways. Greenwood is committed to 'growing greener' by implementing sustainable practices to achieve net zero, including growing peat-free, reducing the use of chemical pesticides, investing in electric vehicles, finding alternatives to single-use plastics, and becoming self-sufficient with water and renewable energy.
The award of this Nursery Supplies contract to Greenwood acts as a beacon for the success of British business. It demonstrates capable and ambitious regional SME's can directly prosper as part of national investment initiatives.
About Greenwood Plants
Greenwood is one of the UK's largest growers for the new build property, commercial, and infrastructure sectors. Spanning over 100 acres and employing over 120 team members, the company produces six million plants a year across its six nurseries. Greenwood is an award-winning sustainability leader, committed to becoming peat-free by the end of 2023. It prides itself on its fast and flexible national deliveries, its client-first approach, and its international supply chain.