Cardboard Tree Guards

The HS2 project aims to plant up to seven million trees along their Phase One Route. An issue presented by this aim is the amount of plastic tree guards that will be needed. Fusion have estimated that 39,000 tree guards will be used between October 2019 to March 2020.

Due to the amount of plastic that may end up in landfill, Fusion are piloting compostable cardboard tree guards, made from 100% recycled OCC (old corrugate and card) pulp and supported by eucalyptus poles. 3582 tonnes of carbon has been potentially saved by switching from plastic tree guards.

As well as being better for the environment, using cardboard tree guards also has other benefits. They reduce transport cost as they do not need to be removed for waste collection, this results in a saving of 50p per tree. They can also encourage community engagement as students can be invited from schools to plant the trees.

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Monitor report. Fusion JV. Warwickshire. November 2019.


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