The Mercian Labels Community Woodland in Burntwood, Staffordshire.
100 pupils from Holly Grove Primary school will be joining us to plant 420 trees kindly donated by the Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative in honour of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
Year 10 and 11 students from Chase Terrace Academy will also be joining us and helping to plant a selection of more mature trees in the new woodland area. The land has been kindly donated by Burntwood Town Council and Lichfield District Council.
Rt. Hon Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot DL will be officiating at the event and will plant a signature Holm Oak as part of the woodland initiative.
In total, 439 trees will be planted for the benefit of the local community and in commemoration of HRH Queen Elizabeth Il Platinum Jubilee.
Cllr Susan Woodward, Leader of Burntwood Town Council said recently:
“This is a great example of partnership working between a significant local business, local schools, community organisations, Lichfield District Council and the Town Council. We have been more than happy to make the links between the various partners and facilitate this exciting project which will enhance the local environment for many years to come and help address climate change issues in our town. For me, the project ticks all of the boxes and I’m delighted that it’s now starting to happen”.
Mrs Dawn O’Hare, Head Teacher Holly Grove Primary School said:
“Holly Grove Primary School are really pleased to be part of this project. We value the importance of outdoor learning and feel this area will be of great benefit to the local children and community”.
Mrs Julie Poppleton, Director of Careers Education Chase Terrace Academy said:
“Chase Terrace Academy are delighted to be a part of this exciting community project. They are proud to be making such a positive contribution to planting local trees in the local woodland areas which they and their families live in and will benefit our climate and environment”.
Hugo Gell, Sales & Marketing Director – Mercian Labels said:
“Social responsibility, engaging with the local community and sustainability are becoming increasingly important in the world of business these days, and we are already working with customers who are looking for more sustainable products, whether it be the materials used to make them, or where they are sourced.
We hope that our future talent will be increasingly found from within the local community, and from the young people, still in education, who will be planting trees on the day.
Forward-thinking businesses also need to take some responsibility too for their local surroundings, and we hope that by planting this area of Community Woodland we will be providing a diverse and interesting area for education as well as recreation.
The team here at Mercian Labels have shown incredible passion for this project, of which we are very proud, supporting our commitment to our goals and values, as well as the wider community.
I would like to thank in particular Susan Woodward, Graham Hunt and Steven Lightfoot of Burntwood Town Council, and also the local community for their commitment to supporting this project”