Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is planting 500 native trees in the Northern Forest to mark its milestone delivery of five hundred blades.
The wind turbine blade manufacturer is the first organisation in Hull and the East Riding to plant trees to contribute to the Northern Forest, which stretches from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine.
The first tree, a silver birch, will be planted today, adjacent to the public footpath at the entrance to the factory. Working in partnership, Hull City Council and HEYwoods – Hull and the East Riding’s community forest project – have identified a site within the local community that would benefit from its donation of a further 499 native trees to create an area of new woodland.
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “We are delighted that Siemens Gamesa chose to help make a long-term difference to the local environment. One of the keys to our success in delivering the Northern Forest locally will be convincing other organisations to join us to help make these ideas a reality.
“The government-backed initiative has an ambitious aim to plant 50 million trees over 25 years, and this project marks the first steps taken in Hull towards achieving this target across the north of England.”
Anton Bak, Plant Director, Siemens Gamesa said: “Environmental protection is fundamental to the culture of Siemens Gamesa. Here in Hull, we are creating a culture of respect for nature. I am delighted that we are growing a woodland right here on our doorstep for wildlife to flourish and for local communities to visit and enjoy.”
“We are pleased to be part of the Northern Forest, delivering a better environment for all by improving air quality and contributing to carbon reduction.”
Employees from the factory are set to plant the remainder of the trees, which are a selection of diverse species including English oak, willow and field maple later in the year.