For the second year running, AUBSU have worked with the Woodland Trust to plant 1000 trees to carbon-offset each new student joining AUB.

Students and staff were out in force on  November 23rd to establish a thousand new trees at Hicks Farm.

Oscar Woodruff, president of the university’s Students’ Union, which is behind the green scheme, said: “Planting a tree for every new student at AUB is a fantastic tradition and a creative way of offsetting the carbon footprints of each incoming student. It shows the commitment of the Students’ Union, the university and the students to have a positive impact on the local area and community while raising awareness for broader issues related to sustainability.

“The greenhouse gas emissions caused by organisations and people are still not being taken seriously enough by many, so we are doing our best by considering all issues relating to sustainability wherever possible to encourage and support positive change.”

Hamish Thomson, the Trust’s regional Woodland Creation Adviser said: “As the new trees mature they’ll help increase Dorset’s tree count, which is currently under the national average, with just over eleven and a half per cent woodland cover. The figure recommended by the Government is 15%. Trees naturally absorb and remove harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the atmosphere helping to cleanse and purify the air. So it’s fantastic that the students are committed to investing in a healthier environmental future.”

Read more on the Huffington Post.