About 400 trees will be planted at the campus, which is shared by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter.

Hundreds of trees planted at Penryn Campus

Hundreds of trees are being planted today (Friday) at the Penryn Campus as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

About 400 trees will be planted at the campus, which is shared by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter.

Three planting sessions are being held, with staff, students and local people welcome. Trees will be arranged to create wildlife “corridors” at the south end of the campus.

It is currently National Tree Week, and the Woodland Trust wants a million people to plant a tree to help tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

“Although my team plant many trees each year we would like to give students the opportunity to get involved and take positive steps rather than just talking about it,” said Toby Nenning, Grounds and Gardens Manager FX Plus, which runs the campus.

“We hope this may inspire everyone on campus to make even bolder moves towards tackling this global crisis.”

Professor David Hosken, the University of Exeter’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cornwall, said: “We are planting a variety of trees that will provide food and habitat for wildlife, as well as absorbing carbon.

“The University of Exeter declared an environment and climate emergency earlier this year, and planting trees on campus is one of the many ways we are now backing up those words with actions.”

Falmouth University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Anne Carlisle OBE, said: “We’re very proud that our Penryn Campus grounds and gardens were awarded Green Flag status again this year, for the third year in the row.

“This is, in part, recognition of the rich biodiversity that is the perfect place for wild flowers, insects, birds and bees.

“We’re delighted that the campus has been further enhanced by this tree planting initiative.

“In partnership, we’re making sure that environmental sustainability is at the core of everything we do.”

To find out more about the Big Climate Fightback, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Date: 29 November 2019

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