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Woodland Trust



As you may know, we’ve been working with the Woodland Trust who support our Christmas Card Recycling Scheme. Thanks to your efforts last year, where you collected 12.5 million cards, we managed to plant 12,500 trees across the UK with the Woodland Trust last year.

The Woodland Trust has been protecting, restoring and planting woodland for 40 years. 

Christmas card collection boxes are in M&S stores again from January 2 to January 31 2017 and money generated through the card recycling scheme will fund the planting of new trees throughout the UK.

Joanne Mathieson, fundraiser at the Woodland Trust, said: “Christmas is a time of year where we think about giving to others and this is great way that your Christmas gesture can keep on giving. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted thanks to the generous support of the public – creating beautiful habitats for people and wildlife to enjoy. We want this year to be a real cracker and are calling on the public to collect up their cards after Christmas, take them to their local M&S and help us plant even more trees.”

Cerys Matthews is one of five celebrities urging the public to get behind the scheme: “People ask me if I’m a dog or cat person - I say, plants all the way! Just look at the trees, and what they do for us, the oxygen we breathe, the insect, bird and animal life they sustain, they’re extraordinary! And you can help the Woodland Trust plant even more JUST by donating unwanted Christmas cards...

“Spread the word on Facebook , twitter and Instagram and donate those old Christmas cards: together we’ll grow more oaks, more chestnuts, more elms…”

To find out more about the Woodland Trust visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/cards

LINCOLNSHIRE
Stamford Junior School pupils delivered over 10,000 cards to their local M&S store to support M&S’s annual Christmas Card Recycling Scheme last year – planting ten trees. They hope to smash that total this year.
Emma Smith, Stamford Junior School Headteacher said: “The pupils were absolutely thrilled to know their cards would be turned into trees. The children are very enthusiastic about recycling and it is made all the more meaningful for them when they can help local organisations and get a feel for the outcome of their efforts.”

SOMERSET
West Buckland Friendship Group collected around 8,000 cards last year – and hopes to beat that target this time around.
Denis Cottle, from the group said: “People like that something happens to the cards (they get turned into trees), rather than just putting them in their bin. Following Christmas I think they feel proud that they have contributed to a good cause. It makes them feel great that they end the festive season by helping to plant trees – hopefully this year we can plant lots more.”

LANCASHIRE/MERSEYSIDE
Pupils from Warrington-based Cobbs Infant and Nursery School collected thousands of cards last year and are hoping to do the same this time around. 
Science Leader Sarah Clinkard said: “The children really got behind the scheme. I think they liked the fact that they could count the cards as they came in and could then work out how many trees they were going to plant. I think the fact 1,000 cards means a tree is planted is a really positive message which the children took to their hearts. Let’s hope we can collect lots more cards again this year!”

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 
Central College, Nottingham collected a whopping 26,000 cards as part of last year’s scheme – thanks to a group of six young people with additional needs.
Dee Edwards, a tutor at the school who coordinated last year’s Christmas card collecting said: “We were already raising money for animal and people charities but thought the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme was an excellent way to engage students in an environmental cause. And these six students got behind it in a big way!”

CHESHIRE
Super supporter Michael Main has backed our Christmas Card Recycling Scheme since 1998 – collecting sleigh loads of cards.
Led by an arsenal of advertising A boards his collecting has risen and risen over the years – engaging a host of people from schools to businesses. In fact last year his efforts even got recognised by former Prime Minister when he won a “Points of Light Award” for his volunteering achievements. This year he is hoping for the biggest year yet – enough to plant a wood!
Chester based Michael said: “This year I have managed to get five A boards which will be placed in three schools, a newsagent, churches and outside my home. I am involving schools not just in Chester but Liverpool too. My aim is to collect 100 bin bags full – that is about 100,000 cards – enough to plant 100 trees!

Derbyshire
1st Breaston Brownies, in Derbyshire, collected more than 9,000 cards last year – helping plant nine trees. The Brownies recruited the help of friends and family to collect them.

Sally King, of 1st Breaston Brownies said: “The Brownies felt that planting trees with the Woodland Trust was a great thing to do and fitted in well with the badge we were working on.

“They had so much fun bringing the cards into the meeting, counting them all up (we ended up with the whole floor covered). They were excited to find out how many trees they could have planted and were excited that cards that would normally just end up thrown away were doing some good.”

WILTSHIRE
Last year pupils from Salisbury Cathedral School collected 10748 cards – helping plant ten trees. It was a real team effort which included one child writing about the scheme in her village newsletter, children inspired their parents to collect cards through work – and there were presentations in assembly and a message in the school’s newsletter.
Also, the eco monitors in the school even inspired the kids to sing along to the tune of ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’ but altered the words to we wish you an eco Christmas, so bring us your cards – and there was a competition to the class which collected the most cards.
Sarah Cooper, a Teacher at the school said: “Last year we were so amazed at the efforts of our families and their friends who got behind the scheme – it really was a team effort for the environment!”

To find out more about the Woodland Trust visit woodlandtrust.org.uk

And if you’d like some hints and tips on how to recycle your Christmas wrapping paper, trees and so on, just visit www.recyclenow.com


M&S Stores participating in Christmas Card Recycling 2016 

M&S A10 ENFIELD 
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