Fourfront Group plant trees in Surrey

In March 2014, 16 Fourfront Group employees took a day out the office to plant over 500 trees as part of our voluntary carbon offsetting programme.

Working in close partnership with the National Trust, Fourfront Group has helped the trust re-establish an ancient wood at the Harewoods Estate in Surrey by planting native British species including Broadleaf Oak and Hornbeam. Re-introducing ancient woodlands is of significant value from an ecological and historical viewpoint.

Much of the land in the area had previously been planted with conifers (Western hemlock) which were extremely poor for wildlife, casting dense shade onto the woodland floor, meaning few plants and therefore wildlife could survive.  By carefully planting native broadleaf trees like Oak and Hornbeam, this will encourage a far more diverse range of associated birds, invertebrates, mammals and woodland plants to survive and thrive for centuries to come.

Each company in Fourfront Group is always looking for ways to minimise our environmental impact with every commercial interiors project for clients. Initiatives such as carbon offsetting, for the carbon we cannot avoid, is a really great idea for our clients and for ourselves.

James Cornwell, Environmental Director at Fourfront Group says: “It was a privilege for us to partner with The National Trust and be involved in such an exciting and prestigious project at Harewoods Estate in Surrey. We are looking forward to developing this partnership and encouraging our clients to follow suit and have an thoroughly enjoyable day out the office with The National Trust”.

Eleanor Yoxall, National Trust Ranger at Harewoods Estate and Limpsfield Common says: “The group did an absolutely brilliant job in planting so many trees in one day. It’s helped us enormously in allowing this historically ancient woodland site, to be returned again to its former glory.  Their work will mean many now rare plants and animals can return for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. “

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