Willmott Dixon supported the planting of 1,732 climate resilient trees across the UK in 2022.
As well as committing to becoming zero carbon in their operations by 2030, Willmott Dixon is supporting UK landscapes by planting 1,732 climate resilient trees in Norfolk. These woodlands will conserve and boost local biodiversity and help supply nature-based solutions to climate change. With a variety of species planted, the trees will also increase the woodland’s resilience to pests and diseases.
Looking ahead, Willmott Dixon is also supporting the planting of 300 trees across 3 schools in the Midlands. Creating green spaces in schools and involving the children in planting and learning about the benefits of trees will enhance their education and wellbeing.
GreenTheUK looks forward to working with Willmott Dixon volunteers in Spring 2023, where teams will connect with the outdoors, support woodland management, undertake tree care and create natural wood piles for biodiversity.
In this report, learn more about the plans for the Norfolk woodland and interesting facts about the species which have been planted there.
Tree Species Planted:
1,732 trees planted in Norfolk, England
The trees planted here have been specially selected for their genetic ability to survive the predicted weather conditions that will be brought about by climate change over the next 50 -80 years. Douglas fir trees take about 50 years to reach maturity and oak trees will take over 100 years. All this time these trees will be taking carbon from the atmosphere and locking it away. Timber from Douglas fir and oak can be used by future generations for building (where it will continue to store carbon) and new trees can be planted in their place.
1014 Trees Planted
English Oak: Quercus RoburRead More
English Oak: Quercus Robur
Also known as the common or English oak, this is the undisputed king of the woods, supporting more wildlife species than any other native tree in the UK. “Robur” in this oak’s Latin name means “strength” and “hard timber” because this tree produces incredibly durable wood which can be used to make many things, including furniture and flooring. The oak has been considered sacred by many gods in mythology throughout the ages.
718 Trees Planted
Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga MenziesiiRead More
Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga Menziesii
Douglas fir was first introduced to the UK from North America in the 1800s. These fragrant evergreen members of the pine family can live for up to 1,000 years, but are often cut down for use as Christmas trees. Douglas fir timber has lots of commercial uses, including furniture, flooring and decking, for example.
UN's Sustainable Development Goals
As a GreenTheUK partner, you support projects that are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.