Volunteers help plant over 2,000 trees

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Around 80 people from Argos, recently participated in Home Retail Group’s biggest ever tree planting event.

The volunteers from the Argos Publications team, based in Milton Keynes, planted more than 2,100 trees in the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine Millenium Country Park in Bedfordshire.

The event was an opportunity for Argos employees to take advantage of Home Retail Group’s colleague volunteering scheme which enables them to take two days’ paid volunteering a year.

Tree planting is a key initiative in Home Retail Group’s drive to minimise its impact on the environment. Argos catalogues are already produced using recycled paper or paper originating from forests that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, such as the Marston Vale Trust.

The trees planted were all native and locally characteristic types including ash, oak, field maple, silver birch, and wild cherry. As they grow, they will take in atmospheric carbon and provide a sustainable source for wood fuel, therefore mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Dominic Pemberton, Head of Publications and New Media for Home Retail Group said: “The volunteering day was a great opportunity to help the community; it’s heartening to know that the trees that we planted will be part of woodland to be enjoyed by people for generations to come. The team came away with a great sense of achievement and we’ve already had people asking ‘what’s next’?”

Last December, Argos’ sister company, Homebase, had employees planting around 2,000 trees in the Forest of Marston Vale to mark National Tree Week.