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9 December 2009 | PR 09/172

University leaves a legacy for the future

Staff from Loughborough University are to help plant 100 trees at the National Forest in Melbourne, Derbyshire, to mark the culmination of the University’s Centenary celebrations and illustrate Loughborough’s commitment to a sustainable future.

The University’s Chief Operating Officer Will Spinks, Dr Anne Mumford, who has led the University’s Centenary programme, and University Energy Technician Jenny Turner will be joined by ten of the University’s Environmental Champions and five volunteers from Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) Action group to plant the oak, ash and birch trees on Friday 11 December.

At the same time, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Neil Halliwell and the Director of Facilities Management Andrew Burgess, together with another group of LSU Action members and Environmental Champions, will plant another 100 trees in Horseshoe Wood – a small area which links Burleigh and Holywell woods in the Holywell Park area of campus.  The trees will all be native species including oak, silver birch, alder and field maple.

“To mark one hundred years of education in Loughborough by leaving a lasting legacy for future generations seems a very fitting finale for our Centenary celebrations,” says Dr Mumford.

“Not only will the trees contribute to the creation of beautiful spaces for everyone to enjoy, they will also absorb carbon and help to reduce the impact of climate change.”

Paul Atkins from the University’s Marketing and Communications Office, who is one of the University’s Environmental Champions, says he is pleased to be involved: “It’s a great initiative and to know that you’re contributing to the environment in such a positive way is very satisfying.”  

The University currently has over 150 Environmental Champions, who were recruited to help promote the ‘It’s Better off’ campaign – launched in February to raise awareness of climate change and its causes, as well as the practical measures staff can take, both at work and at home, to improve the environment.

Action is the volunteering section of the Union, who offer a diverse range of volunteering projects - from assisting children in local schools to helping improve the environment in the local area.

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Hannah Baldwin
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Loughborough University
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E: H.E.Balwin@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.          The tree planting at the National Forest will take place at 12 noon on Friday 11 December.  The tree planting on campus will happen at 12.45pm.  For further details or to request a photograph from the National Forest event, please contact Hannah Baldwin, T: 01509 222239.

2.          About the National Forest
The National Forest area covers 200 square miles of the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Its objective is to increase woodland cover within its boundaries from an initial six per cent to about a third. No multi-purpose forest on this scale has been created in the UK for one thousand years. To date the proportion of woodland cover in the Forest has already nearly trebled to almost 18 per cent and over 7 million trees have been planted.

Year by year, The National Forest has been steadily turning what was once one of the least wooded areas of England into a multi-purpose, sustainable forest. The National Forest provides environmental, social and economic benefits, including landscape enhancement, creation of new wildlife habitats and major new access and leisure opportunities. It is an excellent example of sustainable development - with environmental improvement providing a stimulus both to economic regeneration and to community pride and activity.

To achieve these objectives, the National Forest Company leads the creation of The National Forest, working in partnership with landowners, local authorities, private business, voluntary organisations and local communities and has strong support from Government, politicians and the public. The Company, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005, receives grant in aid from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

3.          About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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