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On one of the coldest mornings of the winter so far, most people would be sensibly staying indoors and nudging up the thermostat. That wasn’t the case for members of the It’s a Wrap sales team who braved the cold earlier this week to take part in a tree planting event at the site of a newly created forest near Heanor in Derbyshire.
Located on an extensive, former open cast mining site, the Young People’s Forest at Mead is the vision of The Woodland Trust and part of the #iwill campaign to promote youth social action. The site has an incredible history with links to the National Coal Board, DH Lawrence, the renowned Miller-Mundy and Leche families, a Sheriff of Nottingham and can even be traced back to the Vikings! The new forest on the site will not only help to increase the amount of much needed woodland in the UK but will help create an environment to support wildlife such as short eared owls, curlews, and skylarks, as well as badgers, deer and a variety of bees, butterflies and moths.
Greeted by the organisers, Premier Paper Group, the team were warmed up with supplies of hot drinks and snacks before setting to the hard work of the day. Working tirelessly through the morning and afternoon the team helped to plant 4,000 saplings of native trees such as cherry, hazel, oak, and dog wood.
Reflecting on the day, Sales Director Mike Clarke said “We do all we can as a manufacturer to ensure our products have the least possible impact on the environment and events like these are at the heart of our company culture. This new forest will help increase the UK’s woodland cover from 13% to the recommended level of 17% - an improvement that’s vital to help slow climate change.”
At It’s a Wrap we’re conscious of the impact single use packaging has on the environment. That’s why we ensure all our greaseproof paper products are eco-friendly and, just as importantly, can be recycled or composted to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Ensuring we give back and help tree planting projects like this is of huge importance to us as a company.
For more details on the project at Young People’s Forest visit https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/young-peoples-forest-at-mead/