Skipton Building Society

Skipton Building Society launch an ambitious carbon footprint reduction programme in partnership with YDMT.

As part of its commitments under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and its determination to build a better, more sustainable society, Skipton Building Society has embarked on an ambitious carbon footprint reduction programme.

30,000 trees!

The partnership between YDMT and the Society, launched in June 2021, will support the planting of 30,000 trees across a number of new Yorkshire woodlands over two years. This will offset the Society’s carbon emissions, together with providing volunteering opportunities for colleagues once restrictions allow.

In the first year Skipton Building Society will support the planting of 15,000 trees across three new woodlands near to Hawes, Addingham and Leyburn, providing vital habitat for native wildlife including Black Grouse and Red Squirrels, as well as connecting existing areas of woodland to create wildlife corridors and reduce the risk of flooding. The trees will also remove an estimated 2,500 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime.

Connecting people and woodlands 

The partnership will also support 400 people from disadvantaged communities to get involved in creating and caring for woodlands, and gives four young people the chance to become Woodland Trainees. It will also help us trial alternative tree tube guards as well as reducing plastic in woodlands through national research and volunteer tube clearance days.

Stacey Stothard, Skipton’s Head of Sustainability, said:

“Skipton has set itself stretching and ambitious targets to reduce our carbon footprint after becoming fully carbon neutral. As one of only a handful of five-star accredited ‘Support the Goals’ organisations in the UK, as part of our United Nations Sustainable Development Goals commitments, we are working hard to deliver a carbon reduction roadmap and to support our colleagues and customers in driving sustainable transformation. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we all face, and we take our responsibility seriously to do what we can to help tackle it. This is a firm start, but we have a long way to go and are looking forward to working together with others to build a more sustainable society for all.”

Skipton Building Society launch partnership with YDMT

We’re delighted that Skipton Building Society has linked up with us to ensure that even more native woodlands and hedgerows can be planted, as well as enabling more people to connect with nature, to care for our woodlands and boost their wellbeing.

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