GVA and UKGBC gold leaf members' tree-planting volunteer day

Friday, 01 December 2017

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On Friday 24 November, GVA held a successful tree planting volunteer day for over 100 staff, raising awareness about wildlife and ancient woodlands, as well as planting trees to off-set our carbon emissions.

A mixed range of teams from GVA joined the day, alongside UKGBC gold leaf members such as Multiplex, WSP, Morgan Sindall, Lovell, EPT, AECOM, M&S, Grosvenor, Atelier Ten, Overbury, Balfour Beatty, BRE, Standard Life, BAM and JLL. The team helped to finish off the planting in England’s largest new native woodland, Heart Forest, which now covers over 850 acres and is home to 600,000 new trees, miles of footpaths and bridleways, wildflower meadows and open spaces. Corporate Responsibility Executive, Natasha Lee shares her thoughts from the day:

“The long coach journey from London to St Alban’s was extremely worth it when we arrived in glorious sunny weather and fresh air. We were greeted by the Woodland Trust team who took good care of everyone on the day and then got straight into the planting. The soil, or should I say rock pool, was extremely tough to dig into! Luckily we had a lot of people present, working together to plant 2,500 saplings. The team definitely deserved the delicious hot soup and pasties made by a local family-run catering company for lunch, and the day ended with a gentle walk around the now completed Heartwood Forest site. This was a hugely worthwhile experience that I’m sure all involved will look forward to repeating on a different site.”

GVA voluntarily mitigates 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum from its business operations, on top of taking other measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Woodland Carbon projects are projects which would not have taken place without the funding of carbon partners such as us; they are additional to other planting programmes undertaken by the Woodland Trust. Carbon projects are independently verified and adhere to the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code. All trees planted are native to the UK, with wide ranging benefits to the landscape, communities and biodiversity.

For further information about volunteering at GVA, please contact Natasha Lee, Corporate Responsibility Executive, on 020 7911 2944 or via email at

GVA and UKGBC gold leaf members' tree-planting volunteer day