Oxford University Innovation has committed to planting a tree in Wytham Woods for every spinout, start-up and social enterprise based on Oxford University research that it has helped launch, under the Roots to Success project.
This began in 2019, and has had an extremely successful first year. By early 2020, staff volunteers had planted 25 new trees, helping to restore Wytham Park and its population of veteran trees. The new planting will improve biodiversity and help slow climate change by absorbing carbon from the air. But this is just the beginning, accounting for just 11% of the spinout portfolio, which totals 224 companies stretching back as far as 1958. This year the team are planning to plant even more.
Roots to Success is part of Oxford Innovation’s participation in Green Impact, the environmental engagement scheme run by the Environmental Sustainability team within Estates Services. It secured the team a Green Impact Project Award at last year’s Sustainability Showcase.