Leicester-based AF International, global manufacturer of specialist technical cleaning products celebrated their support for the National Forest this week with staff receiving free garden trees as part of the North West Leicestershire District Council’s Free Tree scheme. Every tree planted in the National Forest is helping to reach a big number - the 9 millionth tree planted in the Forest so far.
The ambitious campaign marks a significant milestone in the creation of the National Forest - the planting of the 9 millionth tree is expected to take place during this tree planting season. AF International is a long-time supporter of the National Forest Company, and was pleased to be able to contribute:
Ron Jakeman Managing Director from H K Wentworth said, “As a business located in the National Forest, we are really proud that both the business and our colleagues are able to contribute towards such a significant tree planting milestone, and help to improve the environment here in North West Leicestershire.”
From tree houses to The Hundred Acre Wood, trees are deep rooted in our imaginations, and every tree planted in the National Forest has a story to tell.
David Bourque from the National Forest said, “Through our campaign, we want to bring the forest to life with people’s individual stories. Whether this is how businesses like H K Wentworth have helped us change the shape of the landscape or how people have commemorated a special occasion by planting a tree that will last a lifetime (or two). Every story becomes part of the past, present and future of the National Forest.
“Corporate partnerships are making an invaluable contribution and helping us reach our 9 millionth tree planted since we started creating the Forest in 1991. The support of businesses has a huge impact on our work and helps us to continue to drive change in our transforming landscape.”
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The National Forest
- The National Forest area covers 200 square miles of the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Its objective is to increase woodland cover within its boundaries from an initial six per cent to about a third. No multi-purpose forest on this scale has been created in the UK for one thousand years. More than 8.9 million trees have been planted so far, trebling the proportion of woodland cover in the Forest to 21 per cent.
- Year by year, the National Forest has been steadily turning what was once one of the least wooded areas of England into a multi-purpose, sustainable forest. The National Forest provides environmental, social and economic benefits, including landscape enhancement, creation of new wildlife habitats and major new access and leisure opportunities. It is an excellent example of sustainable development – with environmental improvement providing a stimulus both to economic regeneration and to community pride and activity.
- To achieve these objectives, the National Forest Company leads the creation of the National Forest, working in partnership with landowners, local authorities, private business, voluntary organisations and local communities and has strong support from Government, politicians and the public. The Company, now also a charity, continues to receive grant support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Charity no: 1166563.