22nd November 2023
In a world where environmental concerns are only growing, evergreen partnerships between corporations and environmental charities are becoming a must in tackling the climate crisis. Here at Animal Friends, we think that every creature, big or small, has a crucial role to play in ensuring the sustainable future of our planet.
Defending wild places
From the animals that live in humble hedgerows to giant ocean allies, we believe our business has a responsibility to help protect our precious environment. Trees are the lungs of our planet, providing oxygen and capturing carbon dioxide, helping mitigating climate change, and regulating temperatures.
We knew we had to support The Tree Council’s Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife and Biodiversity grants programme; helping the future of some of the country’s most vulnerable species, and protecting the places they call home.
In the 2022-23 planting season, our donation provided funding to 18 fantastic community planting projects in schools and communities across the UK. Those projects helped to plant and care for 180 native trees and 2.5km of new wildlife hedgerow!
Did you know? We’ve donated £100,000 to The Tree Council since 2021.
What this means for the future
The impact of this partnership is much more than just planting trees and helping hedgerows. We are working together to build resilient ecosystems, enhance green spaces but also to inspire individuals and communities to take an active role in environmental conservation.
Other benefits of planting include:
- Making our cities more liveable through cooling and shade.
- Preventing floods.
- Reducing air pollution.
- Improving mental health and wellbeing through connection to nature.
- Boosting community cohesion and pride in place.
- Local fruit production.
- Opportunities for practical volunteering.
National Tree Week
National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, held to encourage the public to plant trees and appreciate their importance in our environment and life. The Tree Council has many projects taking place to help address the problem of biodiversity loss, to spread the message of the importance of trees, and give people the opportunity to green up their surroundings.
This year, it takes place from November 25th to December 3rd and marks the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign – from which the campaign and charity were born.
Want to help? Well, you’re in for a tree-t! There are lots of ways for you to get involved, either individually, or as part of a group.
We can all work together toward a greener and healthier planet.