This year, for every student that votes in the KeeleSU elections, KeeleSU will plant a tree.
That’s cool why are you doing that?
For the past few years, KeeleSU has been running a “Vote Barometer” to incentivise voting in the KeeleSU Elections. This did see a significant increase in voter turnout in its first year, however there has been a year on year decline since then. This year, student voice wish to promote participation in democracy as a public good, an act of responsible citizenship that everyone should feel duty bound to contribute to. If democracy is intrinsically linked to responsible citizenship, then it feels natural to link democracy to the planet's single greatest threat to its citizens; climate change.
How’ve you got so many trees?
Keele Key Fund have funded the purchase of 4000 trees and biodegradable tree guards after a succesful bid was made to the alumni fund in partnership between KeeleSU, Root and Branch and the Estates team.
Where are they going to be planted and who’s going to do it?
Keele is lucky enough to have a significant amount of land on which we can plant native trees. The trees will be planted by student and staff volunteers as well as pupils from local schools. The tree planting will be spread out all around campus and planted over the course of 12 months.
Can I plant my own tree?
Yes you can. We’d love you to infact! After the elections, all voters will be sent an email with details of when our tree planting events will be.