Tree planting – a great idea

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Once in a while you come across a story that makes total sense on just about every level – this is one such story……

About 140,000 trees have been planted in six woodland sites as part of a project to grow a sapling for every new baby born or adopted in Wales. The Welsh government pledged to plant a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales from 1 January 2008. The scheme called “Plant!” was started four years ago to create more forests and to raise children’s environmental awareness.

This is a great idea but this is the best bit – Every baby is given the location of the woodland where their tree is and they also receive a certificate through the post soon after their birth or adoption, stating that a tree has been planted for them.

The original idea came from a Cardiff schoolgirl, Natalie Vaughan, who wrote to her assembly member, suggesting that planting a tree would be a good way to make young people think about their environment and the role they have in preserving it. Since then, six new woodlands have been created across Wales, totalling 75.5 hectares (186.5 acres), with Forestry Commission Wales currently negotiating to buy another two.

Every month the project’s team receives details of how many babies have been born from the Office of National Statistics. They then arrange for a mixture of native broad-leaf trees to be planted, including oak, ash, birch, cherry, rowan and willow.

Each tree costs about £8 but the Forestry Commission saves money by arranging for local schoolchildren to plant the majority of the trees, rather than contract planters.

This is just such a great idea – the trees will be there forever to be enjoyed by future generations and it gives every new member of Welsh society a reason to have an interest in the environment – brilliant!

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