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Roythornes plants 271 trees as part of sustainability strategy

Top 150 law firm Roythornes Solicitors has sown the seeds of the future after bringing together staff from its five regional offices for a day of tree planting in Peterborough.

Gathering at Wittering Grange near Wansford, Roythornes worked in cooperation with the charity PECT to plant 271 trees throughout the day. The native shrub species, including Hazel, Wild Privet, Common Dogwood, Dog Rose, and Wayfarer with an anticipated carbon sequestering capacity of 26.829 tons over their lifetime.

PECT recently reached the milestone of 117,000 trees planted in the region, which has been made possible through the continued help of local businesses like Roythornes that hold a Green Investor in the Environment Accreditation awarded from the Peterborough based charity.

Ann Barrasso, operations director at Roythornes, said: “It's very inspiring to see our hard-working staff take time out of their busy diaries to focus on caring for our environment. We have various sustainable practices embedded into our daily life at Roythornes but schemes such as tree planting offer a visual representation of going green in the communities where we’re based.

“We have more tree planting days lined up in Lincolnshire and Alconbury next year, allowing our regional offices more opportunities to get involved. The time spent outdoors not only has a positive impact on the environment but also our wellbeing, something we promote taking care of all year round.”

Proving its sustainability credentials and continuing its journey aiming to become one of the UK’s greenest law firms, Roythornes recently won the Sustainable Business Award at the Peterborough Telegraph Business Excellence Awards – which is based on evidence of green practices and educational staff engagement.

Tony Cook, natural environment lead at Peterborough Environment City Trust, said: “We are very excited to be working in partnership with Roythornes to continue planting trees as part of the Forest for Peterborough. With each event, we are all working together to achieve the ambitious target of planting 230,000 trees by 2030. This is one tree for each resident of Peterborough. Planting trees at this scale is enormously important as part of our efforts towards the climate crisis and the loss of habitats for many of the UK’s favourite native species. It is fantastic that Roythornes and their staff are supporting us in this effort.”

Roythornes’ dedicated in-house Green Team has been pursuing three goals this year, including reducing travel emissions and increasing access to electric vehicles, offsetting any essential emissions, and sourcing more environmentally sound products.