Green is the new black: Green Friday

We’ve partnered with Tweed Forum to help to replant and restore woodland along the River Tweed on the anniversary of Storm Arwen.

 

This Black Friday, on the 25th November, it will be one year since Storm Arwen started its course towards the UK, sweeping across the North of England and South of Scotland, causing severe damage to many of the UK’s oldest and most precious trees. Like many, we were devastated to see the countryside that we know and love suffer from such extensive damage: ancient trees that we passed by on our daily walks were felled by gusts of wind reaching almost 100mph, buildings were damaged including some of our own cottages and many homes in the region were without power for over a week following the storm.

 

 

It has been estimated that across England and Scotland, more than 20 million* trees were uprooted or damaged by the gale-force winds. And, a year on, many parts of Northumberland and the South of Scotland are still recovering from the aftermath.

So, this year, to help fund on-going Storm Arwen recovery efforts in England and Scotland, we’re turning Black Friday into ‘Green Friday’. To do this, we’ve partnered with our friends at Tweed Forum to plant a tree for every booking placed between the 21st – 27th November 2022.

Working to restore damaged woodland of either side of the River Tweed, Tweed Forum are helping to plant key landscape tree features such as small copses, hedgerow trees, orchards and parkland trees in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders – two areas which were disproportionately affected by Storm Arwen.

 

 

The River Tweed has always been at the heart of Crabtree & Crabtree: our office is just a stone’s throw away, many of our team live along its winding course and many of our cottages lie in the Tweed Valley. We are so pleased to be working alongside the Tweed Forum to help raise funds to replant and conserve this magical area.  

Each tree planted will help not only to enhance the landscape and biodiversity either side of the River Tweed but it also help to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and to restore wildlife habitats.


* This figure has been taken from newspaper articles from the BBC and The Guardian reporting on Storm Arwen. 

Images published with permission from Roxburghe Estates.