Because moving home shouldn’t cost the earth.
In 2023 we began rewilding an acre of land as part of a 20-year project. This land has been left to naturally reseed and cultivate to create a diverse range of trees and plants.
Rewilding allows natural order to bring native species back to where it belongs. This gradual growth will create a bio-climate where plant-life will thrive, removing pollutants and producing oxygen.
The area we’re rewilding had previously been stripped for agriculture, our aim is to let nature do what nature does best. As saplings appear, we’ll wrap them to guard against animals and frost, but apart from monitoring and recording progress the land will not be planted or cultivated in anyway.
In the wild we can expect anywhere between 300 – 800 trees to take root.
While the trees themselves will in time play their part removing impurities and cardon dioxide from the atmosphere, it’s not just about trees.
With no human interference, other plants will grow which will help create a wonderful, natural habitat for native species.
This is nature in all its glory. Other than wrapping saplings, this is a hands-off approach to the fight against climate change.
And it’s certainly not an exact science. As of March 2023 we’re beginning this process with a single acre (ok, we cheated, we started in late 2022, but the land is now stripped of unnatural growth, ready for Mother Nature to ‘do her thang’).
And now we wait… We’ll be monitoring, learning as we go to repeat the process, increasing the acreage over the next 20 years, by which time the first rewilded trees will have matured.
This process is only possible thanks to the amazing work of our staff and the patronage of our customers. Your removals are helping to pay for our rewilding and tree planting program. Once fully established, we hope to open the land in years to come.
As of March 2022, the Armishaws Group have planted 903 trees and over 6,000 hedging plants.
We’ve also grown over 1,000 tree seedlings and will plant the strongest saplings in the future.
Our aim is to keep planting 150 – 200 trees each year.
In one year, on average a single mature tree will remove anywhere between 10 – 40kg of CO2 from the environment. 2,000 mature trees (our target) will remove between 20,000 – 80,000 kg of CO2 per year.
A single tree can also remove as much as 60 milligrams of cadmium, 140mg of chromium and 5,200mg of lead from the soil in a year.
The average tree produces 104kg of oxygen a year.
According to NASA, the average human needs 0.84kg of oxygen per day.
Once fully grown, the 2,000 trees being planted by the Armishaws Group will produce enough oxygen to last you 247,619 days of your life…
That’s 35,374 weeks…
Or 8,140 months…
Or 678 years!!!
After considering our own carbon footprint, The Armishaws Group estimated a medium sized removal company could be producing up to 400 tons of CO2 a year. Most of this comes from vehicles, which can emit as much as 1kg of carbon for every kilometre travelled.
This revelation prompted us to make a commitment to the environment, across all our removals companies. In fact, we didn’t just want to change our own practises, we wanted to innovate, set new industry standards and encourage other removers and hauliers to move in a greener direction.
As part of our eco-pledge The Armishaws Group are committed to;
Our fleet of vehicles produce lower carbon emissions.
We’re planting over 2,000 trees close to our Somerset HQ to help offset carbon emissions.
We’re not just planting trees and walking away, we’ve bought the land to protect vital habitat.
We use only recyclable and recycled materials for our moves.
We use a non-plastic, recyclable alternative to bubble wrap.
Our acid free wrapping paper is better for the environment and our client’s items.
We also offer a cardboard box recycling service.
All our drivers undergo Eco-friendly Driver Training to reduce carbon emissions by 20%.
We only use naturally biodegradable mattress bags in all our moves.
All materials produced from our shredding service is recycled.
‘Carbon offsetting’, have become buzz words, easily used by politicians and companies to put aside environmental costs, “We can keep doing this environmentally damaging thing over here, because we’re planting some trees over there…”
Armishaws recognise a need for genuine action and an end to industrial lip-service. So, while we’re planting over 2,000 trees this isn’t merely ‘carbon offsetting’. We’re not paying for trees to be planted elsewhere. We’ve bought the land, we’re planting the trees ourselves and we’re maintaining them for the future.
We’re planting a variety of different tree species which creates a more diverse habitat for a wider selection of different species. Trees we’ve already planted include;
This is also only the first step of our planting plans… Watch this space!
One large tree can supply a day’s oxygen for four people. A mature oak tree can also produce water vapour amounting to 151,000 litres of rainwater in a single year.
Planting trees is a great move, we’re glad more companies are doing it. Trees aren’t just a great way to clean our air, they offer natural habitat for wildlife. This relationship between flora and fauna is symbiotic.
Insects, birds, mammals, fungus, all rely on the habitat provided by trees, but equally, trees need wildlife to help them thrive and survive. Yes, planting trees makes a difference but this is only the first step towards a greener future.
Woodland needs to be carefully maintained in order to be sustainable. That’s why we’re planting trees on our own land, so they’re allowed to mature. This is an ongoing process and as a family owned company we shall continue to maintain the land for years to come.
It’s not just good for wildlife, walking in woodland and enjoying the great outdoors can also help reduce stress and be good for wellbeing. That’s why our woodland isn’t being fenced off, so others can enjoy what we’re doing.
Oak trees alone can support 2,300 different species of insects, plants, birds and animals.
We only use boxes supplied by FSC accredited manufacturers, which are made from sustainably sourced, recycled cardboard.
“What is FSC accreditation?” FSC certifies forests meet the highest environmental and social standards (both in the UK and internationally).
We’ve switched to non-plastic, high density bubble wrap which is non-toxic, chemically inert and fully recyclable. That prevents over half a tonne of plastic going to landfill each year.
Our mattress bags are single use (for health and safety) and naturally biodegradable.
It’s A Wrap!
Our teams use acid free wrapping paper, this is better for both the environment and the items it touches. Win/win!
The UK uses roughly 5 billion corrugated boxes every year, that’s approximately 75 boxes per person.
We don’t just recycle our own cardboard boxes. We encourage our clients to let us take away their used cardboard boxes to be recycled too. This is a free service, available to every UK move (dates, location and staff levels permitting) to help more homes go greener.
In the UK, paper and cardboard make up over 40% of our total waste.
We run a greener fleet of vehicles and drivers. Our trucks are specially adapted to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. All our drivers have to pass Eco Driver Training so they also reduce emissions by a further 20%.
If you’re an employer or employee, you can also make a difference. Ask your transport team or supply chains what they’re doing to reduce emissions on the road. Together we can make a difference.
27% of the UK’s carbon emissions are created by vehicles.
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