Since September last year, we have been joined in partnership with the International Tree Foundation in order to fund local tree-planting schemes; out of our £10,000 ‘pot’, grants of up to £1000 have been available for communities in the UK and up to £3,000 for projects in Africa.
The enterprise has been very successful so far, and we were very pleased to receive an invitation to a tree planting day that was organised by Ranger Paul McNeill in the Ham Hill Country Park, Somerset (as a result of their successful application for a Worktop Express® grant last October).
On Wednesday the 11th of February, our Marketing Director Alexandra Finlay visited the site near Yeovil to get her hands and boots dirty and plant some young trees alongside park rangers and members of the local community. The site is set in the beautiful surroundings of Pit Wood, near the Ham Hill Standing Stones, with beautiful views of the surrounding Somerset countryside.
The project aims to plant 1,000 trees over the course of two planting days (one of which took place last Wednesday, with another to be held this coming Saturday). The chosen trees are a mixture of hazel, oak, rowan hawthorn, field maple and wayfaring trees, and the intention is to enrich the forest in the area, which is dominated by sycamore trees. Luckily, our photographer was on hand to capture the event as Alexandra got work – and even took a few snaps as she planted an oak tree sapling! This was a rather special moment for us, as our sustainable oak worktops are by far our most popular product.
Further tree planting initiatives in conjunction with The International Tree Foundation will be taking place throughout the next two years; and by the end of 2016 we hope that tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of trees will have been planted throughout the UK and Africa.
To find out more information regarding the sustainability of our kitchen worktops and our environmentally-sound processes, please visit our Environmental Policy page. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on our tree-planting schemes on these pages, too!