Staff and students at Richard Huish College aspiring towards a brighter future have got involved in a nationwide initiative to combat carbon emissions, planting 80 new trees on campus.

The trees were donated by Carbon Footprint Ltd following the College’s application to the UK Tree Planting project. The project sees Carbon Footprint’s commercial partners sponsor trees that are then planted in UK schools to support biodiversity and offset the sponsor’s carbon emissions.

Carbon Footprint Ltd shares; “Planting is a great way to help sequester carbon emissions. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood. By ensuring that the trees planted are native broad leaf species helps to preserve the UK’s environment and biodiversity.”

Amongst those volunteering their time to plant the samplings were Environmental Science students, Heather Downer and Toby Jones. When asks why they wanted to get involved Toby commented “to help improve the campus for future students”, which was echoed by Heather who added “It’s good to be able to give something back to the environment and the College.”

Thought to have once been an Arboretum, the Huish site already boasts many spectacular species including Beech, Redwood and Willow. The trees have served as inspiration for the buildings, which are each named after a different plant species. The new additions to the campus include 30 Hazel trees, 10 Crab Apple trees, 20 Blackthorn trees and 20 Dog Rose.

This year Huish has also taken an active step to not only offset carbon emissions but to reduce their own footprint through the launch of an online application portal. In addition to Apprenticeships and Professional qualifications, students can now complete the application process for A Level and Vocational courses entirely online for entry in September 2019.