Staff from direct mail printer GI Solutions recently visited Samworth Enterprise Academy in Leicester to help pupils and staff plant trees in the school grounds.
The business is sponsoring the planting of 170 trees at the academy to demonstrate its commitment to environmental education and its aim of reducing its impact on the natural world.
The trees are all native British species including oak, beech, rowan, silver birch, wild cherry and hazel and all are grown in England from collected seed.
The Samworth Enterprise Academy is described as an "inclusive, aspirational school for the local community. It aims to ensure that every child feels safe, supported and cared for while at school".
Through its specialism of business and enterprise, it aims to provide pupils with the skills they need to be successful in adult life.
GI Solutions has teamed up with Carbon Footprint as part of its carbon management programme and with Tree Appeal, planting native broadleaf trees in schools.
Carbon Footprint helps companies develop robust carbon and sustainability programmes while Tree Appeal organises the planting of native broadleaved trees on behalf of environmentally responsible companies across the UK and Ireland.
Sponsored trees are planted in schools and wildlife habitat sites linked to education and biodiversity benefits.
GI Solutions standards and development administrator Carmen Wrighten said: “By taking part in the tree planting initiative it really does feel like we’re able to give something back to the Leicester community.
“Introducing the 170 trees to the area will ensure a better future for local wildlife, by providing a habitat that can thrive for hundreds of years. It’s great to know the benefits of what we’ve all achieved today will be reaped for so many years to come.
“It’s been great to see my colleagues, the staff and particularly the pupils at Samworth Enterprise Academy get stuck in and get their hands dirty.
“The trees will form an integral part of Samworth’s Environmental Area, and the enthusiasm the pupils showed, for what is a demanding task, was brilliant to see. I’d recommend taking part in something like this to anyone.”