Company offsets carbon footprint by planting native trees at school

120 trees have been planted at Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds

Back row: Laura Caunter (school Key Stage 3 Inclusion Officer), Nick Pryke (Precision Chief Operating Officer), Paul Tyrrell (Precision Business Development Manager. Front row: Karen Watts (Precision Senior Account Manager) and Karen Cannard (School Librarian and Work Experience and Careers Officer). - Credit: Gooderham PR

More than 100 trees have been planted in the grounds of a school thanks to a partnership with a business.

Staff at Precision in Bury St Edmunds recently visited Sybil Andrews Academy, on the town's Moreton Hall estate, to help plant 120 trees in the school grounds as part of their continued commitment to improving the environment.

After helping to plant a variety of hazel, hawthorn and gorse trees, Nick Pryke, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “We take sustainability very seriously at Precision, it’s a key part of our thought process in everything we do. 

"We cannot remove our carbon footprint entirely so we wanted to offset it in the most sustainable way while benefitting our local community.

"We do this by exporting our unused weekend solar energy generation, which actually funds our offsetting and this allowed us to use a tree-planting scheme to plant 120 native UK trees at Sybil Andrews Academy.

"We were delighted to support the school in this way and we look forward to meeting and talking with students about the benefits of sustainability in the near future.”

A marketing services and ecommerce business, Precision is also a Carbon Charter Gold and Carbon Neutral business which has helped them reduce their carbon footprint by over 25% year-on-year.

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Karen Cannard, school librarian who has helped oversee the project, said: “'Having visited Precision's premises on several occasions over the last six years, I was already impressed with the company's commitment and the sustainable measures that it had taken to reduce its carbon footprint. 

"I am delighted that Sybil Andrews was approached to be the recipient of the trees. Not only is it another positive step in the fight against climate change, our students will benefit from the addition to our natural environment too.”