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Fleet Footed in the Forest

Tuesday, 30th June 2009

Leading fleet management company Lloyds TSB Autolease helps create The National Forest

A morning’s hard work in a Leicestershire woodland celebrated the successful completion of a three year partnership between Lloyds TSB Autolease, one of the UK’s largest fleet funding and management companies, and The National Forest.

Staff and customers of Lloyds TSB Autolease joined staff from the National Forest Company to prune trees and make bird and bat boxes at Pick Triangle, between Albert Village and Moira. Mark Chessman, Deputy Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Autolease, then unveiled an information panel for use by visitors to the woodland, which records the company’s support for the Forest.

In a fleet industry first, Lloyds TSB Autolease planted the seeds of a long-term partnership with the National Forest Company in 2007.  The fleet management company, which manages one in 200 cars on the UK’s roads, agreed to support the planting of a tree in the Forest for every new vehicle it delivers to its customers.  Since March 2007, the company has supported the planting of 100,000 trees in the Forest, which covers 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The majority of the trees have been planted at Pick Triangle.  The partnership has also enabled better maintenance and improvement of the site, and the increased access means that local people and visitors can walk and enjoy this 30 ha site, part of which is managed specifically for nature conservation.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: ‘Lloyds TSB Autolease has significantly contributed to our continuing creation of The National Forest and we are always pleased to work with companies that recognise the environmental impact of their operations. Planting in The National Forest is a great way of expressing this green commitment.

‘The site supported by Lloyds TSB Autolease is in the central former coalfield area of the Forest, some of which has already been transformed. However, the creation of The National Forest is by no means complete. The support of Lloyds TSB Autolease has helped us reach the milestone of 18% woodland cover, well on the way to our eventual goal of one third woodland in landscape encompassing towns, villages, industrial use, farmland and open space.’

Mark Chessman, who lives within the boundaries of The National Forest, commented: ‘We take the environment very seriously and encourage our customers to do the right thing by reducing their carbon footprints, rather than just paying money to offset them.  However, we wanted to make our own contribution, as a business; this collaboration allowed us to make our own investment in the environment and the British landscape.’

Lloyds TSB Autolease is already committed to helping its customers reduce their impact on the environment in many ways. Setting fleet selection policies to encourage customers to opt for cleaner, greener vehicles is one example, which also leads to cost savings. It also offers guidance and support on alternative fuels and ways to reduce the need for business journeys altogether, through journey planning and conferencing technology.