Trees planted thanks to Fellowship Appeal

Acheampong Atta-Boateng in coat, hat and face covering holding spade with others behind also on site of planting

Acheampong Atta-Boateng

Green Templeton was pleased to take part in the planting of trees donated by college members as part of the Fellowship Appeal 2020: Climate Change Imperative in early December.

On a cold and wet Oxford morning, after a delay caused by the pandemic, Graduate Common Room Committee President Acheampong Atta-Boateng, Principal Sir Michael Dixon, Emeritus Fellow and donor Professor Derek Jewell and Alumni Relations and Regular Giving Officer Sophie Schirmacher represented the college.

Derek Jewell in red coat and wellies digging with spade

Derek Jewell

They joined representatives from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and MINI to help plant a new Tiny Forest in the grounds of Littlemore Mental Health Centre at an event organised by Earthwatch Europe.

The forest is a tribute to Emeritus Fellow Jeff Burley a renowned forestry scientist and long-standing fellow of the college. He initiated fundraising through the college’s fellowship to supply half the trees on this site. The appeal, also backed by Governing Body Fellow and Chair of the Sustainability Working Group Professor Paul Klenerman and climate change expert and Associate Fellow Geoff Lye, raised £30,000.

This commitment to sustainability had already led to the purchase and installation of a voltage optimiser on the Woodstock Road site. The voltage optimiser is ironing out voltage fluctuations with immediate and long-term savings of carbon emissions and electricity costs.

Created: 7 December 2021