Oakland Care Makes Progress on Pledge to Plant 1,000 Trees
40 team members from across Oakland Care’s eight care homes have come together for a range of volunteer tree planting events across Essex.
The care home group’s efforts were undertaken in collaboration with the Essex County Council’s Essex Forestry Initiative, a 5-year programme launched in October 2019 that commits to planting around 375,000 trees in the county, equivalent to the size of 210 football pitches, through a £1 million initiative.
The programme also provided a great opportunity for Oakland Care to take a major step towards their own personal pledge of planting 1,000 trees per year. This is yet another example of their industry-leading commitment to sustainability and combatting climate change.
Over the last 12 months, Oakland Care have retained their status as the only carbon neutral care group in the UK for a second year running and achieved Level 3 certification by Green Mark, the highest grade awarded by the sustainability specialist.
Chief Executive Officer, Joanne Balmer, and her team have also introduced a range of inclusive and effective green initiatives, which have brought team members and residents together for a collaborative cause that creates a long-lasting impact in social care and beyond.
This culminated in the successful launch of a new strategy promoting green initiatives across their eight care homes in September.
Eager to maintain their momentum into 2023, this tree planting initiative represents a strong start for the care home group and the first of many environmentally focused activities planned for the year ahead.
Speaking about the tree planting initiative, Chief Executive Officer at Oakland Care, Joanne Balmer, said:
“It was a truly fantastic day. I am incredibly proud of all our team members across Oakland Care who came together to support at the various tree planting events throughout Essex. It was a perfect way to continue our sustainability journey into 2023, and a big step towards achieving our goal of planting 1,000 trees every single year.
“Importantly, it was a true example of everybody’s commitment at Oakland Care to work as one as we look to demonstrate how our sector can be a positive force in the fight against climate change. We want to continue encouraging other care home providers to push ahead with their own journey to improve sustainability, through partaking in initiatives such as this.”