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We’re Going Green and Helping Clients put down Future Roots

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This week we launched our ‘Planting Roots for the Future’ campaign.  As part of the scheme, on completion of every house purchase we will deliver an appropriate tree to the homeowner.  If they do not want a tree or have no room in their garden then we’ll plant one in designated open countryside, in parks and at schools.

Future Roots for new homeowners

The first tree in the scheme was delivered to homeowner Andrew Shepherd in Greenfield, who moved into a new property recently. An oak tree was delivered and he plans to plant it out in his sunny back garden.

The planting future roots campaign is the brainchild of Victoria Marshall, Head of Conveyancing at Pearson, with the hope of reducing our environmental impact and doing something special for clients at the same time.

“I just thought of all my clients, families and individuals putting down roots when they move into a new home and wanted to do something to recognise that monumental moment and saving the planet is a bonus!!!” says Victoria.

Local suppliers are being used to source the trees which include Rowan, Apple, Birch, Field Maple, Oak and Hornbeam. We are also working with local delivery businesses to deliver them to new homeowners who have worked with our Conveyancing Solicitors.

They are all British native trees grown from seed with a mix of sizes so different sizes of the garden can be accommodated.

Oldham has declared Climate Emergency and as part of that a commitment has been given to increase tree cover from 11.9% to 15% in a generation – this could mean planting up to 100,000 new trees so this initiative is very important as it targets those private gardens that are an important and underused resource for tree planting.

“Being out and about in woodlands is so good for us all, trees really do help our well being and as a young mum with children I know how lovely it is to be out walking in nature with my family.  Just having a tree in the garden attracts wildlife and improves our mental and physical health.” added Victoria

Trees are essential to our ecosystem. They’re often referred to as the ‘lungs’ of the Earth because they’re able to store and sequester carbon and produce additional oxygen for our planet. Trees also stabilise the soil and can reduce air temperature and humidity, as well as reducing flooding and improving water and air quality.

“It’s important we don’t take nature for granted and the Pearson future roots campaign creates a legacy for future generations,” she adds.

Planting trees like this contributes to reducing emissions in the local area, as one tree could remove 1 tonne of CO2 from our air over its lifetime.

Commenting on the Future Roots initiative the first tree recipient, Andrew said:

“It was lovely to get this moving in surprise from Pearson Solicitors and I’m impressed that they are taking time to consider environmental issues.

“Victoria and the team were great with my house move as you would expect from a good firm of solicitors, what I did not expect was the added bonus of a green gift.  I am looking forward to some green shoots next summer, perhaps a nesting box as it get bigger and relaxing with a book and a glass of wine under the branches as it gets bigger.”

Contact our Conveyancing Solicitors

For advice on purchasing your new home speak to our conveyancing solicitors on 0161 785 3500 or email

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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Written by Victoria Marshall


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