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Posted: 05/01/09

College’s first environmentally friendly initiative

West Nottinghamshire College has launched its first environmental project of the New Year - recycling Christmas trees which were displayed around various College sites in return for new sapling oak trees.

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently running an initiative called ‘A legacy for future generations’, where people can recycle their real Christmas trees in return for a young oak tree which will be planted in Sherwood Forest in their name.  The saplings will be planted from acorns which have been propagated from acorns from the world famous Major Oak and will become the forests of the future.

The College’s Sustainability and Environmental Co-ordinators Billie-Jo Woodiwiss and Jan Kronenburg are co-ordinating the College’s response as part of a host of ‘green’ initiatives over the coming months.  West Notts College is one of nine FE colleges showing their commitment to sustainability by participating in the Sustainable Colleges Project. 

They said: “We have opted to recycle our large Christmas trees to not only help the environment and see new saplings contribute to future forests, but also to dedicate a tree to a dearly departed member of staff – Dave Clayton, who sadly died at the end of 2008.  Dave had worked at the College within Engineering and Transport for 30 years and we thought it would be a nice gesture to remember him in this way.”

Green plans for the coming months will include Billie-Jo and Jan implementing the college’s travel plan, which will be aimed at promoting greener travel including car-sharing, using public transport, cycling and walking to the college.