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Real Tree-t for Colchester school


Staff and pupils from Kendall Primary School, in Colchester, were joined by the team from Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs) recently, to plant 130 native broadleaf trees.

Working with sustainability experts, Carbon Footprint Ltd, the planting is part of Bacs’ carbon neutrality programme – the organisation has been awarded this status since 2012 and has offset its carbon emissions via a number of UK and international projects over that time. And, by the end of this year, Bacs will have planted over 1000 trees in the UK.

All the trees planted at the school were one and two year old ‘whips’ which included species such as crack willow and hazel. These native species help tackle climate change, promote wildlife habitats and encourage biodiversity, while also providing numerous out of classroom learning opportunities to help pupils build broader skills, including environmental responsibility.

Michael Chambers, Bacs’ Chief Executive Officer, who was one of the volunteers on the day, said: “It was great for the team to visit the school and join pupils and staff to plant the trees, which we hope will not only have a positive impact on the local environment, but also provide new learning opportunities.

“Bacs is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and our partnership with Carbon Footprint is an important part of this. Being able to see the tangible results of this work first-hand highlights the positive impact it is having.”

Clare French, Head Teacher at Kendall Primary School, said: “Our children have had so much fun planting the trees that were generously donated by Bacs. These trees will replace species that we have needed to fell in our woodland grounds and will become a significant addition to our Forest School sessions and learning outside the classroom lessons.

“The children will be able to watch these trees grow over the coming seasons and will use them to develop their bush craft skills and outdoor learning.”​

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Notes to Editors:

About Bacs:

Bacs has been maintaining the integrity of payment related services since 1968, with responsibility for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of UK automated payment methods, Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, as well as the provision of managed services for third parties, such as the Cash ISA Transfer Service, and the development, management and subsequent ownership of the Current Account Switch Service.

More than 120 billion transactions have been debited or credited to British bank accounts via Bacs since its inception; in 2016, nearly 6.25 billion UK payments were made this way, while a new record was also set in September 2016 with the number of transactions processed by Bacs in a single day reaching a high of 109.3million.

A not-for- profit entity which has maintained carbon neutral status since 2012, Bacs is a membership
company limited by Guarantee.

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About Carbon Footprint:

Carbon Footprint Ltd help hundreds of organisations to win more business through developing their
carbon; sustainability credentials and making them carbon neutral. They’re also brimming with great ideas to help reduce energy; transport spend and manage supply chain sustainability.

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