MINI teams up with Earthwatch to plant trees

600 trees in an area the size of a tennis court

Auto makers are trying to send a 'green' message that goes beyond making electric cars. Bentley, for example, maintains apiaries and produces honey near the factory in Crewe, while Rolls-Royce has 'duck-friendly' spaces near its HQ in Kings Place, London and now MINI Great Britain, the latest UK-based brand to implement green policies with perhaps the biggest initiative of them all: they want to plant a forest.

MINI Great Britain teamed up with Earthwatch Europe, a non-profit organisation, for a new project called 'Tiny Forest'. The goal is to plant 600 indigenous trees on an area that's about the same size as a tennis court because by planting these trees so close to one another, the trees grow ten times faster and absorb more carbon dioxide, while also attracting 500 animals.

Louise Hartley, Tiny Forest Officer at Earthwatch Europe, says it is "vital that we give people the knowledge and skills to protect our natural world and inspire them to take positive action. We are delighted to be working with MINI UK to bring these inspiring spaces to Swindon and Oxford."

The 'Tiny Forest' is located in East Wichel Park, Swindon, around 3 miles south of the MINI Plant.

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Comments (2)

  • At least they are actually doing something for the environment, besides making EV.

      1 month ago
  • Would they not be better off putting a solar farm on this 260m^2 area. That could produce, or offset, at least 40 times the energy that trees produce.

    A PV installation of that size would produce around 30 MWh of electricity.

    Or about a years worth of EV driving for ten cars.

    And it could start doing it as soon as it is installed.

    Tree planting happens naturally, no need to get the tractors in.

      29 days ago
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