Staff and students at Coleg y Cymoedd help plant 26,000 trees in as little as ten months

In April 2023, Coleg y Cymoedd became the first FE college in Wales to adopt Ecosia, an eco-friendly browser that plants a tree, every time someone uses it to conduct an online search.

The move followed the appointment of Rachel Edmonds-Naish, the first to be given the role of Assistant Principal for Sustainable Futures in Wales.

At the time, Rachel said: “With over 9,000 staff and learners at Coleg y Cymoedd, small changes have the potential to make a huge difference in tackling climate change.

“Setting Ecosia as the default search engine at the college is a simple change – one that costs nothing but one that will have a real impact for the environment. It’s an easy, everyday action that can get learners thinking.”

As of 1st February 2024, Ecosia reported that Coleg y Cymoedd staff and students have used their browser to search the web over 1.2 million times, financing the planting of almost 26,000 trees.

This number of trees would absorb almost 650,000kg of carbon from the atmosphere each year (EcoTree). Such a statistic proves the real impact such a small action can make, to future-proof the planet, and fight climate change by removing Co2 from the air.

To put this in perspective, Coleg y Cymoedd has planted enough trees to fill 32.5 acres,* an area that equates to:

  • Six times the size of its Nantgarw buildings combined;
  • The size of 16 football pitches or 500 tennis courts;
  • The whole of Clydach Vale Country Park, Rhondda, and;
  • Is even bigger than Caerphilly Castle and its entire estate.

Congratulations, Coleg y Cymoedd staff and students for making such an important change!

Coleg y Cymoedd is the only FE college in Wales to have made the switch to Ecosia and is calling on other education providers to follow suit. To adopt Ecosia in your institution, visit: https://www.ecosia.org/?c=en

*According to Woodlands, the standard planting density for trees is 800 per acre.

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