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Tree planting at the university residences – Join us in The Big Climate Fightback on Wednesday 27 November 2019

Tree planting at the university residences – Join us in The Big Climate Fightback on Wednesday 27 November 2019

Background information

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. 

Working with the Woodland Trust to fight against climate change

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. 

What is The Big Climate Fightback?

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.

There are other ways to show your support 

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.

ACS will receive 420 hedge saplings in March 2020

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. 

If you would like to volunteer your support to come along and plant the hedge saplings in March 2020 – sign up here

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. 

Please share your pledge on social media using the hashtag #EveryTreeCounts.

Any questions or want to pledge on behalf of a large number of people? Please email:

20191122 102550

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