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    Woodland Trust make public appeal to recycle Christmas cards


    The UK’s largest woodland conservation charity is calling on the public to recycle their cards this Christmas to help plant thousands of trees across the UK. For every 1,000 cards dropped in to M&S stores throughout January, a new tree will be planted in the UK.

    Joanne Mathieson, fundraiser at the Woodland Trust, said: “The beauty of this scheme is in its simplicity. Simply collect up those cards after Christmas that are often lying about, take them to your local M&S store- there are bins in most stores- and M&S will do the rest. Not only will the cards be recycled, but where it differs to your kerbside recycle bins is that native trees will be planted right here in the UK too. The more cards collected, the more trees we can plant so please join in and drop your cards off at M&S!“

    The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just 13 per cent woodland cover compared to the European average of 42 per cent. Last year 6,255,833 cards were collected, enabling the Woodland Trust to plant 6,256 trees throughout the UK.

    The Woodland Trust has been planting trees and standing up for woodland for 40 years. Today, the charity owns more than 1,000 woods which are open year round for the public to enjoy free of charge.
    Special card collection bins will be in M&S stores from 2nd-31st January 2016.

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