Bus firm trentbarton has linked up with a not-for-profit organisation to plant hundreds of trees in a new woodland.
The company recently funded the planting of 330 trees – one for each of its buses – to mark Clean Air Day.
Trentbarton will now continue to work with tree planting venture Co-Treetment to offset some of its fleet emissions, as well as underlining its commitment to investing in cleaner, greener public transport to improve air quality.
Co-Treetment, with trentbarton’s help, planted the 330 silver birch saplings at its land near Coalville, in Leicestershire.
Matt Newton, trentbarton’s eco champion at its Heanor office, visited the woodland to mark Clean Air Day and meet Co-Treetment founders Darrell Taylor and Simon Evans.
He said: “Meeting Darrell and Simon and seeing the new woodlands growing was very inspiring.
“We will be funding ongoing tree planting in the future because we want to set a good example to other users of fossil fuels.
“We have invested in new, ultra clean buses – each of which is less polluting than a new diesel car.
“Over the past seven years trentbarton has spent £20 million on greener buses and is exploring zero emission buses for the future.”
Darrell said: “It’s great that trentbarton is partnering with us in our mission to plant more trees in the region.
“Offsetting its carbon footprint locally through planting trees directly absorbs carbon from the atmosphere and reduces the rate of climate change with every additional tree planted.
“With the support of businesses such as trentbarton, Co-Treetment is creating woodland spaces by planting trees to absorb carbon, not just for today but for decades into the future.”