Posted on 23rd September 2019

300 free Oak Trees for Nottingham

We have kick started our campaign to plant 300 English Oak Trees in Nottingham by donating free trees to local schools and community groups.

Climate change is undeniable and as an energy company we have both a greater responsibility and opportunity to have a positive and dramatic effect on the amount of CO2 this country produces. Since July 2018 we only offer 100% green electricity* to all our customers, but we want to do more so we’re starting with our local communities here in Nottingham.

We started by handing out almost 50 English Oak trees, the most effective carbon dioxide absorbers, to Nottingham residents at the Nottingham Green Festival on the 15th September and then on Thursday 19th September we were excited to deliver our first Oak tree to Carrington Primary School.

It was great to hear about their plans to create a new woodland garden for pupils and staff to enjoy in the future and we’re thrilled that we could contribute a little something to that project. It is initiatives like this that will go a long way to helping save the planet and making the air our children breathe cleaner.

We ended the week with two visits, firstly a morning drop in to Portland Spencer Primary school where the children helped plant 3 trees on their school grounds designed to create a welcoming seating area for parents on the school pick up.

Our second trip of the day was to a community event in Gedling, where the tree will be planted at the Murfield Recreation Park for all the local community to enjoy. The children were particularly happy to see Robin.

Our English Oak Trees have all been sourced from the Woodland Trust and are grown here in the UK. Oak Trees are amongst the most effective absorbers of CO2 and are able to absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

Gail Scholes CEO of Robin Hood Energy said “Simply talking about climate change isn’t enough. I want to say I didn’t stand by and watch, that I did everything in my power to help. At Robin Hood Energy we are dedicated to making our business as green as possible and part of that is our commitment to help Nottingham become the first major city to be Carbon Neutral by 2028.”

“I’m thrilled that we are able to make this small contribution to our local community. Not only will it help improve air quality for our children, but I hope it will also encourage them to get outside and take an interest in nature and the importance of trees to our ecosystem.”

We have a busy few weeks ahead as we visit lots more schools and community groups. If you would like your school to be involved, email us at rhemarketing@robinhoodenergy.co.uk with a date and we’ll bring along your English Oak Tree.

*Our green electricity tariffs are certified as being sourced from UK based wind and solar generators. For every Megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity purchased for our customers, we also purchase a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate, which proves the electricity is certified as being sourced either directly from the renewable generators or through a green wholesale energy provider.