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07 November 2006

CEMEX marks 100th anniversary by planting 100 trees at kensworth

Local children, councilors from Kensworth parish and district councils and CEMEX employees today celebrated the company's 100th anniversary by planting 100 trees at Kensworth Quarry in South Bedfordshire.

As part of global building solutions company CEMEX's anniversary celebrations and commitment to conservation and sustainability, 100 trees will be planted by 100 people at eight CEMEX quarries throughout the country, building up to National Tree Week which runs from 22 November to 3 December.

National Tree Week is organised by the Tree Council to mark the tree planting season and promote the planting and conservation of trees in UK towns and countryside. One tree can absorb up to 300 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere over the next 100 years.

Tree planting can therefore help tackle global warming and reduce the effects of carbon emissions on the climate. This is increasingly important, particularly for big energy consumers that provide essential building materials, such as CEMEX.

The 100 trees planted at Kensworth today are native species to Britain, including Birch and Rowan. These will provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and could absorb up to 30,000 kg of carbon over the next 100 years.

At the planting were children from Kensworth Lower School and each tree was labelled with a child's name. Over the coming months and years, the children will be able to follow the progress of their trees to see how they grow and change with the seasons.

Every year, CEMEX plants more than 30,000 trees.


Notes to Editors:

CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally.

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