Plant a tree for Christmas

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The National Forest is encouraging online shoppers to go for an alternative, environmentally friendly gift in the run-up to Christmas.

Its ‘Plant a Tree’ scheme lets people pledge support by contributing to the planting of a tree or a group of trees. In return, they get an invitation to a tree planting event, a choice of tree to plant, and a personalised certificate.

The National Forest is a new wooded landscape that covers 200 square miles of the English Midlands across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. More than 7 million trees have been planted since it was established. It won the inaugural Sustainable Development UK award in 2008.

Each tree costs £25, which reflects the cost of creating and developing the new woodland, including further care and maintenance of the site.

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