Kingsley Holgate’s latest Land Rover expedition goes carbon neutral

Kingsley Holgate and crew plant trees to offset exhibition emissions

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kingsley Holgate
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South Africa’s Kingsley Holgate adventure team has embarked on an initiative to completely offset the carbon footprint of their 30-000km Defender Transcontinental Expedition.


The Expedition which left from the southern tip of the African continent at Cape Agulhas on its Hot Cape to Cold Cape route through Africa, eastern Europe and Russia to the most northern point of Europe. From Nordkapp the expedition will turn south through Western Europe and will end on the mystical Isle of Anglesey in Wales, where the first Land Rover design was sketched in the sands of Red Wharf Bay in 1947. The team will conduct humanitarian and conservation work to assist 300 000 people in sub-Sahara Africa and will support reforestation initiatives on its route to Egypt.


As part of the expedition, Kingsley and his team have supported the planting of indigenous trees and spekboom plants to offset 100 percent of the expedition’s carbon footprint.


Rhodes University did the required maths to accurately determine how many trees the Holgate team needed to plant in order to offset the fuel used by the expedition’s two P400 mild hybrid Defenders on the 30-country route. As a result, Holgate and his team helped to plant 4 000 trees and spekboom plants, while expedition team member Mike Nixon contributed another 2000 to offset emissions of his personal Land Rover Defender.


Kingsley and his team also planted a garden of spekboom at the Jaguar Land Rover Experience centre in Lonehill, Johannesburg. Dubbed the Legacy Garden, this bed of plants will help offset the emissions produced by customer test drives at the facility. Visitors are encouraged to take sprigs from the plants, which can be easily propagated from cuttings, home with them for use in their own gardens. The Legacy name symbolises the endless amount of carbon-absorbing plants, which can originate from the initial planting.