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Firm plants trees to offset carbon

A guarding firm has created its own patch of woodland. Dardan Security, based near Cambridge, has done it through the eco-friendly business Make It Wild to annually offset 480 tonnes of CO2e via the planting of 131 trees at Dowgill Grange in Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, pictured.

Last year Dardan reckoned that it used over 150,000 litres of fuel which equated to nearly 90 per cent of its carbon emissions (377 tonnes CO2e). Seeking to reduce that carbon footprint the company has declared that new additions to its fleet will be only electric or plug in hybrid. Staff will be asked to complete a driver risk assessment course. IT equipment and other electrical items are also being recycled.

Dardan vehicles are tracked with analytics to show evidence of harsh braking, acceleration, idling, speed and cornering force (g-force) to produce an overall driving rating. According to Energy Trust it is estimated that most drivers could reduce fuel consumption by 15 per cent by adopting eco-driving practices.

Andy Barnard, QSE Manager at Dardan Security, said: “The new Dardan Security Woodland offsets our carbon footprint and creates a lasting legacy – and that fits well with the fact that we’ve been protecting brands and reputations for over 40 years.”

And Christopher Neave, co-founder of Make it Wild said: “We are delighted to be planting trees on behalf of Dardan Security. It is great that they are taking real steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Where there are unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, caused by their business activities, our trees will be removing an equivalent quantity and more from the atmosphere as they grow. The trees providing this offset are in a protected new woodland, created to give habitat for threatened UK wildlife. We will never cut them down and they are destined to become the ancient trees of the future.”

Make It Wild was founded ten years ago by Helen and Christopher Neave, who have turned their passion for protecting nature into a thriving commercial venture. The family business – based at Brompton, near Northallerton in north Yorkshire – has planted over 50,000 trees and aims to plant 10,000 a year.

All trees – ranging in size from smaller shrubs to large trees such as Oak and Beech – are photographed by drone so customers can see what they have paid for. Make It Wild typically plants between 20 to 30 species of native, broadleaf trees to create new woodlands in their nature reserves and to maximise the resulting increase in biodiversity.

About Dardan Security

Privately owned Dardan works across Aviation, Critical National Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Blue Chip and Corporate. It employs 500 staff nationwide and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. Its range of services include mobile security, security technology, guarding, concierge and security consultancy.

Dardan are also in the UK regulator the Security Industry Authority‘s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and are a member of the ACS Pacesetters, a group of firms that have a score in the top 15pc of those ACS-accredited companies. Visit:


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