Volunteers needed in Nottinghamshire as Severn Trent continues to plant its Commonwealth Forest 

16th February 2023

·         Customers invited to help plant over 9,000 trees across two days at Severn Trent’s Stoke Bardolph estate as part of 2,022-acre Commonwealth Forest

·         Severn Trent delivering on its commitment to create a carbon neutral legacy following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 

Severn Trent is calling on volunteers to join in with the planting fun at its Stoke Bardolph estate in Nottingham next week.

9,400 trees are set to be planted on 22nd and 23rd February at the 15-acre site, which will be the latest Commonweath Forest planted in Severn Trent’s pledge to create a carbon neutral legacy following Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Richard Eadie, Head of Sustainability at Severn Trent, said: “We’re passionate about making a positive impact on the communities and the environment where we live and operate, which is why we’d love to see as many customers as possible join us in what promises to be a fun day of tree planting at our Stoke Bardolph estate.

“These new spaces are about creating an incredible legacy where nature can thrive and flourish, and we’d like to share that achievement with as many of you as possible, so come and join us next week.

“What’s good for nature is good for water – as the trees mature, they will help store carbon that has been generated from the Games, increasing biodiversity and reducing flood risks.”

Balbir Seimar, who signed up and took part in a planting day in Willenhall earlier this month, said: “It’s a great initiative and it’s wonderful to see Severn Trent taking the lead with tree planting – I was pleased to hear when I found out that they were doing this. 

“The forests will also help to oxygenate the air and keep us healthy, which is why I decided to sign up and come along.”

The 2,022 acres of Commonwealth Forest across the Midlands will bring urban communities closer to nature, with the Stoke Bardolph site being open to the public via the current footpaths in the area.

Over 70,000 trees have already been planted at Commonwealth Forest sites in places such as Solihull and Walsall. 72 Tiny Forests were also planted by Severn Trent across the Midlands in 2022 as part of the drive to make Birmingham 2022 the most sustainable Commonwealth Games yet.

You can find out more about next week’s planting days, and register, by following this link - you can also turn up and register to take part on the day. The site address is: Corporation Cottages, Bulcote, NG14 5GY, and the planting days will take place from 9am-4pm each day.