Gardening apprentices help to plant 13,000 trees in Derbyshire

Thursday 21st November 2019 and it’s a cold morning in the heart of the picturesque Derbyshire countryside – the perfect day to plant some trees.

Learners and apprentices from PM Training Homeworks took part in the Carbon Capture tree planting day with JG Fenn, Premier Paper and the Woodland Trust in Derbyshire. Joined by TV’s Julia Bradbury and the Outdoor Guide, the 300 plus tree planters met at the Woodland Trust’s Heanor site in Derbyshire and were greeted with fresh breakfast sandwiches, hot coffees and teas. After a series of brief introductions, the intrepid eco-warriors took to the fields armed with spade, wellies and determination, despite the bitterly cold November air.

The tree planting took place near Heanor in Derbyshire, previously the site of a former opencast mine the area has been transformed into a haven for wildlife and people. The Woodland Trust plan to develop the site further, creating the Young People’s Forest – a giant classroom for children and young people aged 10-20; they’ll be planting trees, learning about nature as well as designing, delivering and taking in part in activities. 

As the day came to an end the final amount of trees that had been planted totalled an impressive 13,000. Amongst the saplings that were planted were maple, oak and silver birch, hawthorn and hazel – all of which are broadleaf trees native the UK.

Dave Bailey, Homeworks Team Leader said: "Supporting the Woodland Trust has been a great experience for our apprentices. Giving back and supporting the creation of a Young People’s Forest provides us with a great sense of achievement."

Carbon Capture is the market leading environmental initiative. Through the Carbon Capture programme J G Fenn offer their clients the opportunity to mitigate the CO2 emissions from their product purchases by planting new native woodland in the UK with the Woodland Trust and the Woodland Carbon scheme.

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