Trees campaigner to meet pupils at his former school
A FORMER pupil of an east Hull school who went on to launch a global tree-planting charity will return to his roots.
Andrew Steel established the Plant A Tree Today (Patt) Foundation in 2005, working alongside the United Nations and the Thai Government on major reforestation projects in Asia.
He has committed his charity to planting one million trees a year and to helping communities reliant on the sustainability of forest ecosystems.
On Tuesday, pupils from his former school, Andrew Marvell Business And Enterprise College, are to meet Mr Steel when he returns to Hull for an event that forms part of this year's Humber Business Week.
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Mr Steel is one of the speakers at Green City Hull at Hull City Hall.
It is aimed at helping businesses in the area play a greater role in the city's growing renewable energy industry and green economy.
Mr Steel said it is an ideal forum to explain how action taken locally can help communities thousands of miles away.
He said: "The green economy is one that is set to be a key feature of Hull in the years to come.
"This means more businesses in the area are becoming aware of the role they can play, locally, in tackling global issues such as climate change.
"Green City Hull is open to a range of companies and I'm hoping that sharing my experiences as a green entrepreneur will be of use to them in both generating new business and creating more sustainable ways of working.
"I'm also really looking forward to meeting Andrew Marvell pupils at the event.
"With my work, I spend a lot of time overseas and I'm always proud to tell people where I'm originally from and my background.
"Hopefully, these students can be inspired by the opportunities also available to them – whether locally or internationally – as they chose their future career paths"
Kerry-Ann Burrell, community and business links manager at Andrew Marvell, said: "The students going to the Business Week event will get the chance to learn about the amazing work Andrew Steel does, which will be enormously inspirational for them.
"It's always great to see one of our ex-pupils going on to be so successful."
Mr Steel, 40, retired from the Royal Navy to become a businessman working in Thailand in the forestry, precious natural oils and renewable energy sectors.
He went on to set up Patt six years ago, after seeing firsthand the importance of forests to developing communities.
To book a place at Green City Hull, which is free to attend and starts at 9.30am on Tuesday, e-mail mitch.upfold @hullcc.gov.uk
Or, for more details, visit www.bizweek.biz/events/21-green-city-hull