LHC partner with Moor Trees to help restore our native Woodlands

LHC Design are excited to partner with Moor Trees to help create a wider Dartmoor!

Mosses and lichens festoon the trees and the remarkable granite boulders underfoot. This ancient setting is home to a wealth of wildlife. In the Dart Valley, Wistman’s wood is a mere fragment of the native woodland that once covered much of Dartmoor.

In recognition of the carbon impact of our business operations, LHC has become a carbon partner with Moor Trees – a local charity working to create a wilder Dartmoor through native woodland creation and natural regeneration.

We are delighted to support a local charity proactively restoring native woodland on Dartmoor and in South Devon – landscapes that we cherish and have a special connection with. As well as donating to create new forests, our team plans to assist Moor Trees planting on-site later this year.

Dartmoor is unique in that it is one of the few remaining areas in southern England large enough for an ambitious rewilding project like this to be possible. So far, Moor Trees have been planted on the fringes of the open moor at Scorriton and Peter Tavy and have increased the woodland cover of the Avon Valley.

Restoring native woodland can bring multiple environmental benefits, as trees (and their soils) help retain water, reduce flooding, and sequester carbon. It also allows many species of animals and plants currently confined to remnant woodland fragments to flourish.

We understand, with the best will in the world, that our work within the built and natural environment has an impact. We are committed to ensuring our approach to design and business practices addresses the climate and biodiversity emergency we collectively face.

We are constantly exploring ways to deliver sustainable design approaches within our projects and reviewing ways to reduce our carbon and environmental footprint. You can find out more about our approach to sustainable design here.

We support the government’s ambition to achieve the UK’s 2050 net-zero commitment and are proud signatories of both the UK Architects & Landscape Architects Declare movements and RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge.

At a local level, we are also signatories of Plymouth Resurgam, Devon Climate Emergency and Exeter City Future Zero Plan. While we realise these are minor changes, we aim to create a culture that embeds sustainability at every level.

You can find out more about Moor Trees and their work  and how you can help them create a Wilder Dartmoor here