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The book which features colourful illustrations of trees, birds and squirrels

We’ve launched a brand new book – Sitka Spruce, the amazing timber tree

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The book shares the story of Sitka the Spruce, as they make their 80-year journey from the forest to the classroom and beyond, promoting to young learners that timber provides the planet with a positive and regenerative resource.

Concepts such as land stewardship, managed forests and regenerative materials are all those that will feature heavily in the built environment and other industries in years to come. Through this book we hope the power of story telling will encourage future generations to learn more about how they become custodians of the world around them potentially future environmental and specialist roles in construction they may be interested in.

As part of the process we were proud to work in partnership with Tales from Mother Earth, who write and illustrate informative stories for young children to re-engage with the natural world. Enabling them to find out more about habitat preservation, biodiversity and the things they can do to act on climate change.

As well as the book itself, there is also a video recording which features animated versions of some of the colourful illustrations.

What’s more, as part of World Environment Day on 5 June, the Morgan Sindall team has been sharing the book with their families and organising readings in their local school projects which will take place until the end of the school term. This forms part of Morgan Sindall’s Responsible Business strategy to Enhance Communities, by creating exciting opportunities for young learners to be more involved in their communities by engaging in themes such as the circular economy, regenerative construction and more.

Tim Clement, director of social value & sustainability for Morgan Sindall Construction said: "The book is all about hope. It focuses on a crucial part of our future built environment: renewable materials. It makes it clear that materials like wood can't be thrown away when they're no longer needed; we need to find a way to use them again, and again, and again. And the use of renewable materials creates jobs; meaningful, worthwhile, purposeful jobs, where responsible stewardship of nature not only helps is restore our lost habitats, but also yields construction products which lock away carbon dioxide for a long time.

I'm so excited that this book will be in the hands of those who will find new ways of creating the inspiring places of the future."

We have a small number of books available for schools and educational organisations, if you would like a copy please complete the form here.

The book which features colourful illustrations of trees, birds and squirrels