BAM donates tree to municipality of Bunnik for its 150th anniversary
Bunnik, the Netherlands, 13 May 2019 – The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv and representatives of the municipality of Bunnik have planted a Japanese honey tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) on the occasion of BAM's 150th anniversary. The European construction company BAM is planting 150,000 trees in this anniversary year.
Together, mayor Ruud van Bennekom, alderman Jorrit Eijbersen, Judith van Putten (manager of the green and play areas at the municipality of Bunnik), Lena Euwens (director of Trees for All), BAM CEO Rob van Wingerden and CFO Frans den Houter have given the three-meter-high honey tree its definitive place at Bunnik rail station. The honey tree can reach a height of fifteen metres with a fifteen meter wide egg-shaped crown, which provides shade on the small field on the north side of the station, directly near the BAM offices. The location was chosen by the municipality of Bunnik, in coordination with Mijlpaal 42, an initiative of companies, the municipality of Bunnik, the university, Utrecht Science Park foundation sciences and local residents to upgrade the station area.
Walloon Forest, Houten, the Netherlands
BAM has entered into a partnership with Trees for All for planting the trees. Trees for All is planting around 100,000 trees on reforestation projects in Bolivia and Uganda. In addition, 50,000 trees are being planted in the various European countries where BAM is active.
In the Autumn, Trees for All will plant 10,000 trees on behalf of BAM in the Waalse Bos (‘Walloon Forest’) in Houten. A large part of this forest is affected by the ash branch disease, causing many trees to die. Trees for All collaborates with Staatbosbeheer (the public owner and manager of the Dutch green heritage) on the sustainable restoration of this forest by planting local tree species such as alder, oak, linden, willow, hazel and sweet cherry. These trees are not susceptible to the ash branch disease. Trees for All and Staatsbosbeheer restore a total of eight hectares of sick forest in this area and transform it into a healthy and varied forest that is attractive to both plants, animals and recreation.