Homebase gets planting at Marston Vale

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Staff at leading home enhancement retailer Homebase donned wellies and got their hands dirty as they set out to plant 4,000 trees in the Forest of Marston Vale.

In light of December’s National Tree Week, the UK’s largest tree celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season, 100 colleagues from Home Retail Group based in Milton Keynes helped to plant 13 hectares of accessible community woodland at Tom Farm, Lidlington, using native trees and shrubs.

This is part of a wider project by the Marston Vale Trust to plant over 25,000 trees and shrubs to create the latest new woodland in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Hannah Braithwaite, Fundraiser for the Marston Vale Trust, said: “The Forest Team is thrilled to be organising a tree planting event for the marketing team at Homebase. It’s great to see that such a large number of them are participating.”

Ceri Wootton, community affairs and workplace manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support a local cause through our volunteering scheme.

“Colleagues at Home Retail Group are encouraged to spend two days a year making a difference volunteering in their community, we think it is fantastic when teams get together to really make a difference.”

If you are a local organisation looking for volunteers to lend a hand in 2012 please contact Ceri Wootton, Community Affairs & Workplace Manager - ceri.wootton@homeretailgroup.com or call 01908 296153.