100 trees for 100 years
As Bentley Motors approaches the end of its centenary year, the company is investing in a more sustainable future at its factory by planting 100 native British trees around the site in Crewe.
The project has been completed during the winter tree-planting season in time for National Tree Week (November 23 – December 1), which recognises the importance of planting more trees to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity.
The trees planted around the site in Crewe include ten oak trees which have been planted outside office buildings and 15 cherry trees which line the approach to the company’s main entrance on Pyms Lane. A further 70 trees which include maple, beech, walnut, lime and elm saplings, have been planted along the boundaries of the Legends social facility. Additionally, ten fruit trees have been relocated from an area marked for development to create a new orchard outside the CW1 visitor reception area.
Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, explains:
“Sustainably-sourced wood has been one of Bentley’s core interior components since our beginnings 100 years ago – and it continues to be an essential element of the unique craftsmanship in our cars. Our wood veneers are ethically sourced by experts who go to great lengths to find the finest veneers in the world. We wanted to plant trees around site that are not only native British species, but reflective of the interiors that we produce in our cars and we use oak, walnut and cherry substrates in Mulsanne.
“Trees play a vital role in tackling climate change because they help to improve air quality, absorb CO2 and increase oxygen. They are also important for our local biodiversity and wildlife and they make our local area a nicer place to live and work too. We’ve chosen the locations carefully to ensure they enhance the green spaces on our site and can be enjoyed by both our colleagues and the local community.
“As Bentley continues to focus on becoming the most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer, this is a great practical initiative to invest in the long-term sustainability of our site and a fitting way to acknowledge the end of our centenary year.