Rothera Sharp has paid tribute to three former colleagues by planting trees in their memory whilst also helping to raise funds for charity.
As part of Age UK Notts Trees of Life campaign, which the firm has partnered with the charity for, partners and staff at Rothera Sharp attended the charity’s final tree planting day on 6th April at Tipping’s Wood near Blidworth to plant a copse of ten trees sponsored by the firm as well as commemorate the lives of three much-loved colleagues who sadly passed away in 2016 and 2017 by planting trees in their memory.
The Trees of Life campaign, launched at a BBQ event held by Rothera Sharp in September 2017 to mark the charity’s 75th anniversary, asks individuals and businesses to sponsor a sapling for a suggested donation of £75 which can then be planted at one of the charity’s tree planting days taking place in a number of locations across the county. The aim of the project is to raise funds to enable Age UK Notts to continue to provide vital services including support and companionship to 60,000 elderly and vulnerable people across the Midlands. To date over 750 trees have been planted through the project.
The first tree planting day took part in November 2017 at Cotgrave Country Park and was attended by volunteers from a variety of businesses including Rothera Sharp. Staff who attended the tree planting day at Tipping’s Wood included Managing Partner Ann-Marie Bowman who said of the campaign: “I also had the pleasure of attending the tree planting at Cotgrave Country Park and it was such a positive and memorable experience. Whilst helping to plant 250 trees that day I had the opportunity to talk to the other volunteers.
“The campaign has attracted a lot of interest from a wide range of people for different reasons. Many wish to commemorate a loved one, but others see a Tree of Life as a celebration of a new life or an opportunity to congratulate someone for an achievement.
“The campaign has enabled Rothera Sharp to remember and celebrate the lives of three much- loved former colleagues but also to support a very worthwhile project.”
The Trees of Life campaign not only has a beneficial impact on the local community, but also enhances the local environment, with young forests absorbing carbon more quickly than mature forests, and on average one broad leaf tree absorbing in the region of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.