100 free trees for Southampton

Could your school or community group benefit?

CitizEn Energy, an energy provider set up by Southampton City Council, has kicked started their campaign to plant 100 trees in Southampton by donating free trees to local schools and community groups. CitizEn Energy

With growing concerns about climate change, as an energy provider they feel they have both a greater responsibility and opportunity to have a positive impact on the amount of CO2 this country produces. They only offer 100% green electricity* to their customers, but they want to do more so they’re starting with local communities here in Southampton.

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Environment at Southampton City Council, said:

“As a city we want to take a stand against climate change. We’re delighted that by signing up to CitizEn Energy’s green electricity our customers have already saved over 1,500 tonnes from entering the atmosphere, but we want to do more. This is why we’re pleased to be offering 100 free trees to local schools and community groups.

This campaign not only supports the council’s commitment to making Southampton a cleaner, greener, healthier city through its Green City Charter, we also hope it will help our children to understand the importance of trees.”

They are inviting schools and community groups to get in touch with the team at: citizen.energy@southampton.gov.uk.

NOTES TO EDITOR:

More about CitizEn Energy
More about the Green City Charter

PHOTOCALL: We would like to invite the media along to film / photograph some of our trees being planted. Please get in touch with Kathryn.Glynn@southampton.gov.uk for more information.

Terms and conditions for tree campaign
 We are offering 100 free trees to schools and community groups which are based in Southampton only. Trees will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will let you know by the end of October if you've been successful and we will let you know where you must collect the tree/s and when by (or they will be re-allocated). Any remaining trees may be given away to individuals. The trees are English Oak and approximately 40-60cm tall and cell grown. By accepting a tree you are accepting ownership of the tree for the duration of its life and you agree to undertake all necessary maintenance in accordance with arboriculture best practice. You also agree not to fell or otherwise remove or relocate the tree without the prior consent of the city council as donor. By accepting a tree you are also agreeing to provide CitizEn Energy with a photo of your tree being planted which they may then share via their communication channels and with the media. You are also agreeing to accept requests from the media to attend your tree planting ceremony (which CitizEn Energy may also attend). If you send out a school communication with regards to the tree planting you must mention that it is supplied by CitizEn Energy and include a link to their website citizenenergyuk.co.uk/about and tag @citizenenergyuk in any Twitter or Facebook communications.

*Our green electricity tariffs are certified as being sourced from UK based wind and solar generators. For every Megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity purchased for our customers, we also purchase a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate, which proves the electricity is certified as being sourced either directly from the renewable generators or through a green wholesale energy provider. Click here to download our 100% green electricity certificate.
More about our green electricity.