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Stansted Airport branches out into tree planting as part of biodiversity week

Stansted Airpot's new habitat creation area (7903357)
Stansted Airpot's new habitat creation area (7903357)

Sustainability has taken root at Stansted Airport with the giveaway of more than 3,000 silver birch saplings to mark its biodiversity week.

Schools, including Bishop’s Stortford College, and parish councils within 10 miles of the airport were invited to plant trees.

Staff at the Manchester Airports Group-owned airport also took home trees, provided they signed a pledge to take care of their specimen for at least two years while it acclimatises. All trees will be marked on a map to see how far and wide they are planted.

The initiative, which follows on from 2018’s successful Recycling Week when 2,000 reusable coffee cups were given to staff, highlighted the efforts of the airport's environment team. Last year a new habitat area, made up of four new ponds and green areas, was created.

Martin Churley, environment manager at Stansted, said: “The aim of biodiversity week is to highlight all the good work the business is doing to maintain and improve our biodiversity across the airport site.

"We hope to get staff engaged in our work, and following the huge uptake of free cups last year we wanted to be even more ambitious with our tree giveaway.

"We have also made a commitment to be zero net loss to biodiversity, so initiatives such as this help ensure we not only achieve this but that the airport grows in a sustainable way.”

Stansted’s environmental credentials

  • From 2016-17 the airport’s operation became carbon neutral
  • The airport recycles 75% of all waste and sends none to landfill
  • 100% of electricity comes from renewable sources since Stansted was acquired by MAG
  • Stansted has a higher proportion (53%) of passengers using public transport than any other UK airport. Everyone working there gets an 80% reduction in the cost of public transport and 33% of staff use public transport for work journeys
  • Items such as food, toiletries and toys which can’t be taken through security are sent to local food banks

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