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Yeo Valley

April 10, 2007 12:18 ET

Free Trees To Help Revive The Great British Garden

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2007) - Start the day with a yogurt this spring, or pour milk into your morning coffee and you could be playing a part in helping to boost the UK's sparse tree cover - which currently makes us one of the least wooded countries in Europe.

Today just 12% of the country is covered by woodland, compared to the European average of 44%. Britain's No 1 organic dairy company, Yeo Valley is joining forces with the UK's leading woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust to try and reverse the picture. In a bid to stimulate a revival of the great British garden it's going to make available thousands of free trees which it hopes will become the centrepiece of gardens throughout the country. At the same time it's aiming to support the Woodland Trust in its own conservation and tree planting work.

The dairy company's 'plant a tree' drive will run for two months from mid April and will give people a free tree, complete with support cane and guard in return for five labels collected from its organic milk and organic natural yogurts. For eight labels it will provide two trees.

As an alternative, people can turn their tokens into a donation to the Woodland Trust, with Pounds Sterling 2.50 being given by Yeo Valley for five labels and Pounds Sterling 5 for eight labels.

The Yeo Valley offer will include a choice from five native British trees; Hawthorn, Wild Cherry, Rowan, Silver Birch and Hazel. Each has been chosen for its versatility, robustness and appropriateness for the average sized UK garden.

The dairy company recently won a Queen's Award partly because of environmental work it has carried out on its own Somerset farmland, including the planting of more than 20,000 trees to restore old woods create new ones.

"We've seen what a difference this work has made, improving the character of the landscape around us and providing a much better habitat for wildlife," says the company. "Now we are aiming to help anyone else interested in the environment to do the same thing."

Its 'plant a tree' drive has already won the backing of Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner and television and radio gardener Chris Beardshaw, who is a champion of traditional garden styles. He commented: "Trees are crucial to life on our planet. They generate oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and form a stunning part of our landscape. At the same time they are vital to the development of a diverse wildlife population.

"Many people don't realise that they are also so versatile. Most can be clipped and pruned to create formal gardens, so they are not just something only appropriate to people with large spaces and informal layouts.

"A trend to plant more exotic species and hard landscaping, like decking, means we've not been catering for wildlife as best we could. We all need to be doing whatever we can to reverse this trend.

"There are so many things to be said for the planting of trees that anything to stimulate more of it is to be encouraged and with this scheme, even people without a garden can participate by donating their labels to support the work of the Woodland Trust."

So by eating delicious organic yogurt or drinking organic milk you will not only be doing yourself some good but helping the environment at the same time.


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