DPD UK helps Forestry Commission replant forests

Leading UK delivery company DPD UK has announced a partnership with Forestry England to plant and restore woodlands around England. This comes as part of the last mile delivery player’s commitment to tackling climate change.

Over four years, DPD will finance tree planting at four separate woodland sites. This comes from the logistics player’s Eco Fund. The first site is a 136 hectare new woodland at Collier’s Wood near Manchester, while others are in Kent and County Durham. The courier has already financed the replanting of trees in Wareham Forest, Dorset since 2020 where a major fire burned down large tracts of woodland.

As well as the financial transaction, DPD’s staff will have opportunities to get involved, helping with staff welfare by getting out and mucking in as volunteers. Josephine Lavelle, director of marketing and engagement at Forestry England, said, “We’re delighted to continue our work with DPD and together we’re set to make a tangible difference in the urgent fight against climate change and the stark decline in biodiversity. Over the next four years, this partnership will enable us to create flourishing wildlife habitats, increase carbon storage and plant a woodland for well-being to allow people decades ahead to benefit from a positive connection with nature. Working with a company like DPD with clear environmental values and a commitment to putting those in action means we can work at scale, plan for the long-term and do more to ensure our forest landscapes thrive.”

Tim Jones, director of marketing, communications and sustainability at DPDgroup UK, commented, “At DPD we challenge ourselves to be greener and more sustainable at every level, from delivering clean and green to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with our rapidly growing fleet of EVs, to changing our own parcel bags to 80% reclaimed material and 100% recyclable. Having our own circular economy means we can generate eco funds to directly back initiatives like this. Working with Forestry England has given us an insight into the challenges they face, and we are very proud to support them and work alongside them in this way.”

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