Estate agent goes green planting thousands of trees

Guy Roberts from Adair Paxton

Leeds based property company, 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 has become the first estate agent based in the North of England to join forces with GreenTheUK, which connects businesses with local wildlife projects and works in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to plant thousands of climate resilient trees across the UK.

Adair Paxton has offices in Horsforth and Leeds city centre, specialising in both residential and commercial property sales and lettings throughout Yorkshire.

The company oversees hundreds of home sales and lets annually which will result in approximately 1,000 trees being planted in and around Leeds each year, with 200 of these being planted by school pupils in their school grounds.

Guy Roberts, a director at Adair Paxton, said: “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, CEO of GreenTheUK, said: “We partner with UK businesses to support local wildlife projects with measurable impact. We look forward to working with Adair Paxton to plant 1,000 climate resilient trees every year that are local to their offices.”

Jen Turner, RFS development manager, said: “The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is really excited to be planting trees with Adair Paxton in the heart of their local community. 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.”

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