Leeds estate agency Adair Paxton is enhancing its sustainability credentials and helping to tackle climate change by planting two trees for every home it sells and lets.
The company is the first agent in the North of England to join GreenTheUK, which connects businesses with wildlife projects and works with the Royal Forestry Society to plant trees.
Adair Paxton has offices in Horsforth and Leeds city centre and predicts the move will result in approximately 1,000 trees being planted each year, with 200 planted by pupils in their school grounds.
Guy Roberts, a director at Adair Paxton, says: “Everyone knows there are huge benefits to planting trees, from reducing carbon to supporting wildlife, so this initiative is a fantastic way of giving back to our local environment at a time when both our climate and landscape are rapidly changing.
“As a forward-thinking business that has operated in Yorkshire’s property market since 1859, our surroundings are hugely important to us and by planting two trees through GreenTheUK each time we sell or let a home, this is a fantastic way of both ourselves and our clients giving back to our local areas.
“Ultimately, we will help to create thriving woods and natural habitats in the very areas where we work, which will be a major achievement, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the first trees get planted over the coming months and many more over the years! Tackling climate change can feel overwhelming, but if individuals and businesses all make a small contribution, these will combine to help the bigger problem.”
Ed Caldecott, chief executive of GreenTheUK, adds: “We partner with UK businesses to support local wildlife projects with measurable impact.”
And Jen Turner, RFS development manager, comments: “All the tree species have been carefully chosen for their abilities to thrive under the predicted climate change conditions for the next 80 years. Schemes like this are helping spread the word that by doing things slightly differently in how we choose and care for trees we can make a real difference to a woodland’s ability to flourish and tackle climate change.”