We believe future generations should enjoy the same environmental, economic and social benefits and opportunities we do today. And we understand that without drastic action to protect nature, the impacts of climate change mean this will not be possible.
Therefore, we will:
Support the urgent demand to plant trees
To mitigate climate change and repair damaged ecosystems, we must quickly plant more trees. Our environmentally friendly tree shelters protect young trees to help them establish quickly and boost survival rates.
Support the increasing demand for timber
The demand for timber is increasing globally. Our tree shelters help forest owners protect their valuable young crops and encourage strong early growth.
Reduce the environmental impact of plastic in our countryside
NexGen tree shelters provide a viable alternative to plastic. Their performance is equal to, if not better than, plastic shelters. And because they break down into food for micro-organisms, there is no need to collect, clean or recycle them.
Help sustain ethical industries through our supply chain
We support British farmers by creating new markets for wool. We also source plant-based resin and oil from areas where they grow naturally (requiring no irrigation) and where processing is proven to be undertaken ethically. Revenue derived from our raw material purchases provides a much-needed boost to the rural economy, both in the UK and overseas.
Continue our research and development into new uses for our material technology
The material we developed is fully biodegradable and pH and ecotoxicity neutral. It is also strong and durable. Therefore, it has applications outside of forestry and can be used in other industries in place of plastic to help reduce their environmental impact.
Lead our industry in the development of best practice and new standards
Because our tree shelters are durable and last for five years (depending on location) before they start to break down, they meet the demands of foresters who need to protect their young stock until they can survive outside of a shelter. However, there is currently no standard that provides a suitable certification for this purpose, so we will work towards putting such a certification in place to benefit the forestry industry.
“I planted 30-40cm cell-grown Oak in NexGen’s 1.2m tree shelter last year, and after 11 months, the tree looks strong and healthy and has reached 1m in height. I would be happy to use NexGen tree shelters for future planting”.
John Parker of Wessex Woodland – July 2022
To help us achieve everything above, we are currently working towards B Corp certification with B Lab. B Lab is a nonprofit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet.
Certified B Corporations are leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. To achieve certification, we will have to:
- Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing B Lab’s risk review.
- Make a legal commitment by making our corporate governance structure accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
- Allow information about our performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on our B Corp profile on B Lab’s website.
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