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In celebration of the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, Rentplus-UK is talking with partner developers and housing associations to encourage them to plant a Rentplus tree on all new and existing Rentplus developments throughout this Jubilee Year.
With nearly 150,000 homes in its pipeline, across 500 new developments, Rentplus hopes to be planting trees in Devon, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire where it has tenanted homes already. It’s hoped that the first of the new developments to have a tree planted will be in North Yorkshire on the new Kirkbymoorside site this July.
Steve Collins, CEO, said: “Building houses has an effect on the environment and that is why Rentplus is already looking at building homes using modern methods of construction.
“We aim not just to build more environmentally sound homes for lower- and middle-income earners, but to continue to build homes which enhance the environment aesthetically and environmentally.
“Planting new trees will help us mark The Royal Jubilee and provide a focus point for local Rentplus communities.
“We will also offer existing residents small fruit trees to grow in pots in their gardens and will support our housing association partners to find space to plant more trees on existing sites. We’re already talking to developers to encourage them to plant Rentplus trees as part of their local landscaping.”
Planting trees helps reduce emissions by locking up carbon. These new trees will provide new habitats for wildlife, bringing birds and bees to the public spaces on our developments and in our families’ gardens. Green spaces are also good for our mental wellbeing, as the recent pandemic has shown.