De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is to plant 1,000 new trees in the National Forest on behalf of students joining this year.
To mark the release of A-level results across the country this week and to celebrate the arrival of a new cohort of students next month, the university is planting hundreds of saplings.
As a commitment to making a positive environmental impact, these trees will be planted on the site of the National Forest, a 200 square mile environmental project in the central England, which stretches from the outskirts of Leicester to Burton-Upon-Trent, in East Staffordshire.
This week the university will also be sending a ‘grow pack’ out to all new students joining in September, which features a plant pot, dried soil and seeds to engage a new generation in engaging with sustainable ways of living.
DMU is committed to supporting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – global aims which address problems like climate change, poverty and equality.
The planting will be carried out by National Forest experts during the planting season, which runs from October to March.
Students will have the opportunity to visit the site, learn about the forest and its development and about the planting process.
Meanwhile, the university will work to develop a partnership with the National Forest Company to create research and volunteering opportunities across the area.
Carol Rowntree Jones, media relations officer at the National Forest, said: “We’re looking forward to working with many more young people through DMU and showing them the amazing opportunity right on the doorstep of the university.”