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From little acorns...

Published: 17/01/2022

When you look at global warming, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and think that small gestures can't make a difference. But the more little steps we take as individuals, the closer we'll get to tipping the scales back in Nature's favour.

You can’t help but love nature when you live in this beautiful area. Indeed, all of us here have the countryside in our bones – we grew up on it, our children grew up on it, and probably theirs will too – and it's been wonderful to live around Berkhamsted and Tring. It's also a privilege to have a business here that allows us to see every corner of our area – one of the unsung joys of estate agency!

We had been talking about getting involved in a specific environmental project for some time now. But with so many worthy causes around the world, it's a struggle knowing how to choose.

In the end, we asked ourselves what we cared about the most. Predictably, and like most questions in life, the answer was staring us in the face all along. The glorious British countryside has given our family a lifetime of enjoyment, and it seems only right that we should give something back. And whether or not our party of choice is in Government, we do at least have a stable system that places value in safeguarding our natural heritage.

In Autumn 2021, we began searching for an ethical, UK based project to support. Something that would combine our love of fields, flowers and forests, with protecting the environment for our children and generations to come. Something to let us 'do our bit'.

We discovered charity, Trees For Life. Over the past 25 years, their work in rewilding the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands is now showing real results for the local ecosystem. This goes beyond conservation which seeks to keep things as they have become: rewilding is about restoring an environment to its natural state and encouraging the return of wildlife that has long since left its habitat through deforestation.

And so, we are genuinely delighted to have established our own grove of new trees, and we'll be planting regularly over the next few years. We've pledged to plant 500 trees in the Nash Partnership Grove by the end of 2025.

You can keep up with our progress here, and you can even add to the Grove yourself if you'd like to.

Sometimes, we can all be forgiven for feeling that any action we take is a drop in the ocean in the face of large-scale environmental destruction. But the thought of leaving a healthy planet for future generations to enjoy is something worth striving for.

So, while it may be a small gesture on a global scale, as they say: from little acorns…