International logistics service provider Peterson has successfully completed the planting of 1,950 trees in Garthdee, Aberdeen as part of its commitment to plant one tree per employee to mark 100 years of business.
Chris Coull, Regional Director at Peterson, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate our centenary year by taking part in this initiative and give back to our colleagues and the communities we operate in across the world.
“Our tree planting scheme symbolises sustainability, the theme we have chosen for our 100- year celebrations, which allows us to show our appreciation for the hard work of everyone involved in helping us reach such a significant milestone.
“We are grateful to Aberdeen City Council for their assistance with the initiative and for identifying the plantation site which lies at the junction of Auchinyell Road and Inchbrae Terrace and supports Gwen’s Garden Project, an ongoing local community scheme.”
Gwen’s Garden Project is a Garthdee-based community garden which was founded by a small collective in 2016 in memory of a local resident.
The tree planting scheme has been completed and it is hoped the selection of trees planted - fir, holly, oak and birch - will further increase biodiversity in the area.
Rebecca Dunn, a member of Gwen’s Garden Project, said: "The community garden meant a lot to me during lockdown, and I felt so lucky that I had access to the space. Being able to use it to see my neighbours and friends in a safe way was so important.
"It's great to see all of the trees that have been planted, the woodland will be amazing. I hope this will protect the green space for the future as we need these areas as well as community gardens for local residents to use and enjoy."
Aberdeen City Council operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler said: “We are delighted to be involved with this tree planting project in partnership with Peterson and the local community. We look forward to seeing the woodland mature and people enjoying this fantastic space.
“We continue to be supportive towards community-led green spaces and projects and managing areas in a more natural way, which is very much part of our long-term management plan to increase biodiversity.”
The woodland in Garthdee was the last scheme designed by Chris Piper, Term Forestry Consultant for Aberdeen City Council, who sadly passed away in August this year. His colleagues at the Council have fond memories of working with Chris and noted he would be pleased to see the various strands of community involved in bringing this woodland to fruition for families to enjoy.
The tree planting project in Aberdeen represents the UK based employees of Peterson Energy Logistics, with plans underway for a similar project in the Caribbean at the beginning of 2021 on behalf of employees based there.
Tree planting is also taking place globally across the wider Peterson and Control Union Group to represent employees across the 70 countries the company operates in, with over 4,500 trees to be planted in total. The first trees were planted earlier this year in Rotterdam, where the company was started 100 years ago.
The completion of the Aberdeen tree planting scheme follows the recent announcement of Peterson and Control Union being awarded Royal Designation by Dutch Monarch, King Willem Alexander. This achievement recognises the history and current activities of Peterson and Control Union, specifically in relation to social, financial, fiscal, managerial and ethical behaviours.