Albemarle Homes, is encouraging all residents at its Vicarage Fields development in Beckingham to set down roots and become more sustainable by planting a tree that is provided with the sale of each home.
“As a conscientious housebuilder, we are always looking at ways in which we can enhance our homes and surrounding area,” said Charlotte Kirk, Head of Sales at Albemarle Homes. “We have developed a landscaping plan to encourage a more diverse ecosystem at Beckingham and we also wanted to encourage our homeowners to support this. So, we have consulted with architectural landscapers who have advised on the best trees to plant in gardens, being sympathetic to the local ecology as well as neighbours, plus that can help in offsetting carbon footprints.”
The housebuilder has therefore opted to provide every homeowner with an established indigenous fruit tree. Each tree has been specifically chosen for its ecological credentials whilst taking into consideration its growth. These types of trees will typically grow to around 10-12 foot high and can live for 100 years or more. According to research from Cornell University apple trees, in particular, can absorb between 10-20 tonnes of carbon dioxide per acre every year and release 15 tonnes of oxygen.
In addition, Albemarle Homes has produced a specific instructions leaflet for all individual homes which highlights the best place to place the tree in each garden along with planting and care instructions.
Charlotte continued: “Not only will the provision of these trees help to offset carbon emissions but, with an annual crop of delicious fruit, it will also support or hopefully form the basis of a more sustainable lifestyle for our homeowners. We also hope that by planting the tree it is an opportunity for our homeowners to set down roots and enjoy living in their new home whilst watching their tree flourish for many years to come. “
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