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Christmas Card Recycling
Since 2008 over 60 million Christmas cards have been collected by the public through the Woodland Trust and M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme – helping them to plant over 60,000 trees. This is enough to fill 60 average sized football pitches, not to mention providing peaceful, natural homes for dozens of Britain’s much loved wildlife and species – from dormice to woodpeckers, beetles to butterflies.With a national average of 13 per cent tree cover, the UK is woefully short of trees when compared to the European average of 44 per cent, so there is much that can be done. Last year the public dropped a staggering 8.1 million cards into M&S stores and as a result, the UK is now 8,135 trees richer. The Scheme enables the public to get involved in a very simple and sustainable way. By dropping cards off at their local M&S stores, they can play a role in helping to increase woodland cover across the UK. For every 1,000 cards collected at M&S stores, one tree is planted and they hope to plant more than 10,000 new trees across the country from this year’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme.
This could be a great project for your green team; a chance to campaign and make a real difference!