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Naturesave launch new tree planting policy to fight climate change

For many years Naturesave has planted a tree for every home insurance customer who stays with us for ten years. The trees are planted in the Scottish Highlands; in an area named The Naturesave Grove. The planting is conducted by the conservation charity Trees for Life and is part of a long-running project to restore the Caledonian Forest.

Upping our game

In November 2018, the Committee on Climate Change announced that tree planting needed to double by 2020, as part of radical changes to land use within the UK, that is necessary to avert a climate breakdown. New forests are now seen as playing a vital role in locking up carbon. Planting trees also bring further benefits such as improving wildlife biodiversity and limiting the increase in flood risks expected with global warming

In response, we are pleased to announce we are now extending our tree planting pledge to include all new policies across the business. So, whether you are a charity, a business owner, homeowner or manage a renewable energy installation, if you place your insurance with Naturesave, we will plant you a tree for every individual policy you place with us.

How it works

For every new insurance policy issued by Naturesave Insurance we will plant a tree. In some cases, commercial customers may require more than policy to satisfy their needs, we will plant a tree for each of the policies issued. The tree planting will be funded by our charity, The Naturesave Trust.

Where will the trees be planted?

The trees will be planted in the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. The tree planting will be handled by Trees for Life, a conservation charity that was founded in 1989 with a specific vision to restore the native woodland to parts of the Scottish Highlands.  The forest originally covered much of the Highlands of Scotland, and takes its name from the Romans, who called Scotland ‘Caledonia’, meaning ‘wooded heights’. However, there has been a long history of deforestation in Scotland, and clearance of the land began in Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the forest shrank as the human population grew, and some parts were deliberately burned to eradicate ‘vermin’ such as the wolf. More recently, large areas were felled to satisfy the needs of industry, particularly after the timber supply in England had been exhausted. The widespread introduction of sheep and a large increase in the numbers of red deer ensured that once the forest was cleared, it did not return.

Today less than 1% of the original forests survive, and the native pinewoods have been reduced to 35 isolated remnants.  Since it was founded Trees for Life have planted more than a million trees across their project area. Their new goal is to expand the forests with a further million more trees.

What types of trees will be planted?

The Trees for Life project focuses on planting native trees in the barren areas where the forest has disappeared completely, by collecting seed from the nearest surviving trees, to maintain the local genetic variation in the forest. The resulting seedlings are planted in a random, non-linear pattern inside fenced enclosures. Particular attention is paid to the pioneer species such as birch, rowan and aspen. The charity also works to remove non-native trees which have been planted in some areas as commercial crops amongst the old trees of the Caledonian Forest remnants.

Not forgetting our loyal customers

For those wonderful loyal customers who stay with us for ten years, instead of planting a tree, we will now be supporting the restoration of wild forest habitat by sponsoring a beaver, again in partnership with Trees For Life.  Our long standing customers will receive a certificate with a personalised dedication, plus a beaver fact sheet with exciting and inspiring facts about this wonderful creature.

What other action is Naturesave taking to protect the environment?

The activities of Naturesave Insurance funds the Naturesave Trust which has donated over three-quarters of a million pounds to environmental projects across the UK. Read more about the Trust…