Increasingly, our residents are interested in how their gardens and outdoor space can be used to deliver sustainable projects that can help nature’s recovery.
At the heart of this is biodiversity – which is the variety of plant and animal life in the world or a particular habitat – we have been working with our residents to deliver biodiversity projects across our care homes.
All new homes at Oakland Care have at least 25% of outside space dedicated to biodiversity, and all existing homes now have an established or in progress wildlife garden.
We also give back to our local communities by giving our time to local biodiversity projects (funded by Oakland Care). All of our leaders, members of our head office team and people from our local care homes regularly support local initiatives such as woodland tree planting, where in 2023, the group planted over 1000 trees and have committed to planting 1250 in 2024.
Oakland Care is a corporate member of the The Woodland Trust. We help them to plant and protect trees, bringing the benefits of trees to people, wildlife and the planet.
Many of our homes have created local wildflower gardens and developed areas of land with features especially designed to attract wildlife such as frogs, bats, butterflies, bees and other insects.
By focusing on enhancing biodiversity, we are supporting the following UN Sustainable Development Goal:
15 Life on land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
We have implemented high sustainability requirements through our tendering processes with suppliers to ensure that the supplies we procure are produced and delivered with a lower level of environmental impact.