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May 15th, 2023
Third Selco Forest created to offset further carbon emissions

Here at Selco, we have continued our commitment to protecting the environment by launching the third phase of our ambitious tree planting project.

We have planted 45,000 trees at Wooplaw Farm in Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders to create the latest ‘Selco Forest’.

It means, over the last two years, we have planted more than 300,000 trees including on a second site in Jedburgh and in Llandrindod Wells in Wales.

The latest planting has been made on land totalling 24 hectares and will offset more than 3,200 tonnes of carbon during the trees’ lifecycle.

The tree-planting scheme sits alongside a wide range of policies to help us reduce our carbon footprint, including introducing alternative fuel vehicles into the transport fleet, a comprehensive recycling strategy, the installation of LED lighting and a new gas management system across the network.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director and head of sustainability, said: “We are committed to continuing our investment in the future by playing our part in protecting our people, the environment and the planet.

“We have already begun delivering on our long-term vision to use alternative fuel vehicles across the entire Selco business and implementing a wider programme of many operational changes.

“As we continue to bring those policies to fruition, we have made the decision to offset our carbon emissions in the short term through the planting of trees and we are delighted to have now planted 300,000 trees across three locations.”

The trees planted on the new Jedburgh site include Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and Norway spruce.

We have joined forces with the landowner and key timber supplier BSW Timber, together with BSW Timber’s subsidiary companies Tilhill and CarbonStore, on the project.

Carine added: “We are delighted with the new site. Not only will the forest help us reduce our carbon footprint but it will also enhance the surrounding landscape, with native species creating biodiversity value.”

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