Celebrities Jo Brand, Julia Bradbury, Hugh Dennis, Cerys Matthews and Dermot O'Leary have teamed up with charity The Woodland Trust to urge us to recycle our Christmas cards to help plant thousands of trees across the UK.
For every 1,000 cards dropped in to M&S stores for recycling from January 2-31, a new tree will be planted in the UK. Last year 12.5 million cards were collected, enabling the Woodland Trust to plant 12,500 trees. The aim this year is to equal or better this.
Simply take your cards to your local M&S store – there are bins in most stores – and M&S will do the rest. Not only will the cards be recycled, but where it differs to your kerbside recycle bins is that native trees will be planted here in the UK too. The more cards collected, the more trees they can plant.
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just 13 per cent woodland cover compared to the European average of 42 per cent. These numbers need boosting because native trees and woods make unique homes for British wildlife such as the dormouse and help them adapt to climate change. Trees improve the air we breathe, reduce flooding and capture carbon.
The Woodland Trust owns more than 1,000 woods which are open year round for the public to enjoy free of charge.