By Michael Peter, The Sight News
ABUJA: Real Estate Development Company, Cosgrove, has kick-started a one-thousand-tree-planting-programme as a gesture of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to commemorate 2019 Customer Week.
In line with this, the organization advised home owners to plant trees around their homes to increase its value.
The activity, reflects the environment-friendly policy of the premier real estate development Company, that is currently building over 1000 automated homes in three estates in the FCT.
Chief Executive Officer, Cosgrove, Mr Umar Abdullahi, who led the team, discussed the motivation for the tree planting activity saying, “It is an effort to give back to society, to serve society and make efforts that will regenerate environmental splendor.”
“Yes, we build the best automated homes, but we also believe in the development of serene environment around a home as it adds value to the structure,” he added.
Discussing the environmental benefits of trees, the CEO said, “Trees are a source of benefit to nations; they support economy, absorb harmful gases, support wildlife, improve mental health, offsets environmental impacts and help control flood.”
“Trees give off oxygen that we all need to breathe, trees also reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees also provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
“Trees are the oldest living organisms on the planet, not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they offset environmental impacts and create a healthy, clean environment for us to enjoy,” he said.
While he explained that trees prevent nearly $7 billion in health costs annually by filtering air pollution and preventing more adverse effects, the CEO of the innovation oriented organisation added that trees increase aesthetic value of homes reducing energy costs, adding that recent studies show that mature trees planted in a nicely manicured yards could increase a home’s value 1 – 19 percent.
“In fact, neighborhood streets with shady trees can be a staggering 6 – 10 degrees cooler than streets without trees. This not only affects the comfort of the neighborhood but also reduces the area’s energy needs.
He called on homeowners to consider increasing the value of their homes by planting trees around, explaining that although it may take a while to grow to maturity, but they will eventually grow and be enjoyed by residents for many years to come.
The Cosgrove Team is led by a remarkably young man whose penchant for innovation and flawless service delivery continues to advance the credibility of the company.
The activity was also an avenue for team bonding among staff, in order to engender healthy social relationship, which will lead to cooperation with a view to serve customers better.