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The Woodland Trust

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At Ocado we’re always keen to find out about, and get behind, green projects we think will make a difference. The latest group to inspire us is the Woodland Trust, dedicated to restoring and protecting ancient woods and native trees.

The trust was set up in the 1970s to protect the rapidly disappearing woodland of Britain, much of which had been destroyed by felling and clearing in the Second World War. Today, the threat comes mainly from agriculture and development, as well as the planting of non-native tree species.

We think the work of the Woodland Trust is vital if we’re to save these ancient habitats for future generations, so we’ve decided to support the trust by donning our wellies and digging away at one of their nearby sites. We’ve also created a ‘donate’ link on our website, after the checkout, so keep an eye out if you’d like to make a contribution.

Below is a quick summary of the Woodland Trust’s vision and aims, but you can find out more detail, plus how to get involved or donate, at their site – www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

The Woodland Trust vision

“We want to see a country rich in native woods and trees enjoyed and valued by everyone.” Woodland Trust

They believe there should be twice as much native tree cover in the UK and no further loss of any ancient woodland. They’d also like everyone to be able to get involved with this woodland, with chances to plant trees and have open access to local woods, no matter where you live.

Aims
  1. Work with others to plant more native trees.
    • They’ve set up many schemes to get people planting.
    • Nearly two million children have been inspired to plant nearly seven million trees.
    • They’re planting Britain’s largest new native forest just outside London.
  2. Protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future.
    • They campaign to protect threatened woodland and trees.
    • By lobbying governments and councils they’ve helped save hundreds of woods.
    • Non-native conifers planted in native woods are being replaced with native species.
    • More than 41,000 ancient trees have been located in order to protect them.
  3. Inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.
    • Activities, games and free days out for children.
    • They provide information, pictures and maps for their woodland.
    • Keep up to date with the unfolding seasons using their online calendar.