DM Hall, a well-established firm of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland, is celebrating a historic milestone with a symbolic investment in the future.
To mark its 125th anniversary, the nationally operating firm is planting 125 trees in Cashel Forest, a 3,000-acre estate which is being transformed with native Scottish species, into the “Forest for a Thousand Years”, as it is now being called. Cashel, in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, is managed by DMHalls’ specialist rural property arm Baird Lumsden and is owned by the Royal Scottish ForestrySociety (RSFS), which is turning it into an attractive community asset and tourist destination.
The tree planting is important not only in terms of native species regeneration but also as a contribution to carbon sequestration, whereby plantings help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In addition to its commemorative initiative, the firm’s 24 Scotland-wide offices will also embark over the anniversary year on a focused drive towards significantly improved sustainability and, ultimately, to net zero.
Alan Gordon, DM Hall’s Senior Partner, said: “When our firm was founded in Edinburgh 125 years ago, it was impossible to foresee the pressures which climate change would put on society and businesses as we enter the third decade of the 21st century.
“We believe it is incumbent upon all of us in business today to honour the foresight of our firm’s predecessors by taking a lead in tackling climate change and choosing to make a difference.
“That difference is encapsulated not only by our decision to plant 125 carbon-offsetting trees in the CashelForest but also by implementing a programme of steady carbon reduction in our offices throughout Scotland.”