An innovative business idea, involving re-training veterans to become experts in arboriculture and horticulture, has been helped to get off the ground by a facilities management firm.
The brand new business, the Green Task Force, is pioneered by former naval engineer Andrew Steel. It solves two problems at once, helping veterans re-integrate into civil society and cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while offering a solution to Britain’s massive commitment to plant 600 million new trees.
The idea, fostered by Steel while he led a tree-planting charity in Asia, became reality when he talked to his best friend Chris Sanford, head of operations at BAM Facilities Management, who saw the potential in helping him. Both men previously served on HMS Illustrious.