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Charity Another Way organised the planting of 1700 trees by volunteers in Matterdale, Cumbria, during National Tree Week, 2019, to help increase biodiversity, prevent flooding and reduce the impact of carbon emissions. The trees were funded by a grant from The Tree Council whose Chief Executive, Sara Lom, came up to Cumbria to help with the planting.
Another Way was founded by teenager, Amy Bray, to raise awareness about the impact that our behaviour has on the environment. As part of her work, Amy gives talks and assemblies in schools and youth groups, so she invited some of the children who had heard her talks to come to Matterdale to plant the trees. Children of all ages took part. The trees – a mixture of oak, hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel and willow - were planted over the course of six days. The children were from Brough Primary School, Threlkeld Primary School, Austin Friars School Carlisle, Inglewood Primary School, Kirkoswald Primary School and groups from Hoosiders Scouts and Skelton Brownies.
The children were given talks about trees and biodiversity from Jon Stokes of The Tree Council, Jamie Normington of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and James Rebanks, local farmer and author of A Shepherd’s Life.
The tree planting was part of a larger scheme to encourage natural biodiversity in the valley by Ullswater Management Catchment CIC.Danny Teasdale, Director of the Ullswater Catchment Management CIC said: “Amy’s project has many positive outcomes for our environment and fits in nicely with the aims of Ullswater Catchment Management CIC which are to combine conservation and natural flood management into the farmed landscape.”
“To mitigate climate change and safeguard precious eco-systems, we all need to make planting and caring for trees part of our everyday lives. Amy is amazing – bringing her local community together and inspiring people of all ages around the UK. She epitomises the spirit of National Tree Week – everyone working together for the love of trees and the environment.”
Sara Lom, Chief Executive of The Tree Council
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