The University accepts its responsibility to maintain and keep its trees and woodland areas to a high standard for both recreation and conservation value.
The University’s 10,000 trees are regularly resurveyed and their current state, size and condition have been documented and mapped. The surveys are primarily undertaken to prevent damage, identify dangerous trees and aid in planning arboriculture work over a three-year period.
Where trees are removed, the University has a policy of replacing two for one; replacement trees are the same species as those felled or species more suitable to the ecological profile of the area and across the residences, we are committed to planting 120 trees every year.
Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS) at The University of Sheffield continually contribute to and maintain the beautiful environment in which you currently reside in university accommodation.
As part of our sustainability initiatives, we are working in partnership with the Woodland Trust and they are calling on one million people to pledge to plant a tree to help us fight the climate emergency.
The Big Climate fightback is a campaign to get one million people to join the fight against climate change by pledging to plant a tree by Saturday 30 November 2019.
ACS has chosen to have a tree planting ceremony this coming Wednesday 27 November and would love you to come along and show your support for the cause. The event will commence at 10 am and it would be great to get as many of you along as possible to encourage the Green Estates team, who work hard all year round to keep the residences looking wonderful.
We will also have representatives from the university attending who focus on green initiatives as part of their daily role so it would be an ideal opportunity for you to find out more if this is an area of concern or interest for you.
Some of you may be wondering why November is the chosen month to take action. November represents the start of the traditional tree-planting season. The day falls in National Tree Week; a week of tree planting organised by the Tree Council and is also Tree Charter Day – a national day of celebration of trees and woods.
If you are unable to take part in The Big Climate Fightback in November, you can still play your part. Simply pledge and donate to the Woodland Trust so they can carry on with their wonderful work protecting woods and wildlife.
Woodland Trust is sending out over 700,000 free trees to schools and communities for planting. The University of Sheffield is delighted to have been donated 420 hedge saplings, which will arrive in March 2020.
We are looking for keen, passionate students from across the residences to volunteer their time and help to come along and plant 420 hedge saplings. Therefore, you will need to get out your wellington boots, put on your warm clothes and bring along your energetic spirit, as this will be something that you can be proud of in years to come when they have fully fledged in mature hedges for future students to enjoy.
How else can I get involved in the Big Climate Fightback?
Plant a tree in your garden
Host your own tree planting event with friends or family
Become a member of the Woodland Trust
Make a donation to the Woodland Trust so they can carry on with their work protecting woods and wildlife
Speak to your local council about tree planting opportunities in your area, or ask them to host an event
Share #EveryTreeCounts on social media and encourage your followers to get involved.
The Woodland Trust want at least a million people to join them in The Big Climate Fightback by making a pledge.