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Sapling donation encourages Aylesham schoolchildren to think sustainably

21 December, 2021

Barratt Homes is once again encouraging local children to think about taking a more sustainable approach to Christmas this year. The housebuilder has donated 120 replantable Christmas tree saplings to pupils at Aylesham Primary School.

Pupils will be able to take home their sapling trees to be enjoyed for many festive seasons to come and will serve as a reusable alternative to single use cut or plastic trees. The campaign serves as a timely encouragement for children and families to think about how everyone can take small steps towards protecting the environment, and reduce waste during the gift-giving season.

Mr Luck, reception teacher at Aylesham Primary School, said: “We must strive towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and we welcome this donation from Barratt Kent to help our children do their bit to become greener. It’s a very festive take on sustainability, as we look forward to seeing the children’s trees grow!”

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, commented: “Taking a more sustainable approach as we build new homes remains our top priority and it is something we are acting on now. This is the second year we have run this festive campaign at schools near our developments and it serves as a reminder to make more environmentally considerate options. The campaign aligns with our own sustainability targets, including a 29% reduction of carbon emissions by 2025. We hope the children and their families enjoy planting and caring for their trees.”

Barratt Homes has committed to becoming the first housebuilder to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, and to building net zero carbon homes by 2030, with the housebuilder committing to purchasing 100% of its operational energy from renewable sources.