Gripsure to plant 1,000 trees

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Gripsure has pledged to plant a native British tree at a nearby Cornish farm for every online order placed during 2021.

The company, which makes non-slip timber decking for gardens and outdoor spaces across the UK and Europe, is sponsoring the Field to Forest Foundation as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Through its support for Field to Forest, Gripsure is aiming to plant 1,000 trees over the year. The new woodland, which is being created at Clowance Farm on the River Hayle, will eventually become home to a diverse mix of wildlife, including a pair of beavers.

Gripsure’s sponsorship will fund new woodland, featuring around 25 native species, on both pasture and wetland on the 260-acre farm. It will include popular varieties such as oak, birch, rowan, silver birch and cherry, as well as lesser-known species, such as hornbeam and sea buckthorn.

Supporting the growth of native plants and wildflowers, the woodland will create a haven for a range of birds, bees and other pollinators. It also has the potential to capture and store more than 500 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide. This process, known as sequestering carbon, is important for reducing climate change.

Zennor Pascoe, who founded the Field to Forest Foundation CIC in 2019, said: “I can’t emphasise enough how much Gripsure’s sponsorship means to us. We have been garnering support from local businesses over the last few months, but to get such a high-profile company on board is a major step forward for the foundation.”

Gripsure MD Mike Nicholson added: “The Field to Forest Foundation embodies our values and ambitions around conservation and the environment. As a company that works with timber, it is vital that we have a stance on sustainability and we take our commitment very seriously indeed.

“While we are involved in a range of projects, all of which help us to have a positive impact on the environment, getting behind Field to Forest is a way for us to make a real difference at a local level.”