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728,000 new trees bringing wildlife closer to home!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved in the 2018/19 I Dig Trees programme which has now closed for this tree planting year.

We would like to give a massive ‘high five’ and thank-you to all the volunteers, community groups, schools and of course staff from OVO Energy who have worked together to create new pockets of leafy green spaces in the heart of UK communities for everyone to enjoy.

This tree legacy will continue to grow, providing habitats for wildlife, cleaner air for future generations and bringing communities together across the UK.

Since May 2015, we have worked in partnership with energy supplier, OVO Energy, to encourage thousands of volunteers and community groups to ‘join in, feel good’ by planting native trees in community green spaces across the UK.

OVO Energy inspired the creation of the ‘I Dig Trees’ programme, which provides free tree packs for community groups to plant in their local green space and opportunities for people to volunteer at organised tree planting events.

The I Dig Trees legacy has grown year after year. So far, an incredible 728,000 trees have been distributed across the UK as communities have come together to improve their local environment and make a difference for future generations too. What can be more rewarding than that?

This incredible partnership, with OVO Energy and TCV – the community volunteering charity – is one which will leave a lasting legacy for future generations. We’re thrilled with the 'I Dig Trees' programme, which has brought so many community groups and volunteers together to plant 728,000 trees. This green partnership is very special to TCV and we are delighted to support OVO Energy and their greener energy customers to make a real and lasting difference in local communities by reducing CO2 and improving green spaces for people and for nature

Darren York, TCV Chief Executive

Our customers have told us how much they value the trees that have been planted in the UK due to I Dig Trees. We're really excited about the great things the partnership is doing

Hope Thomas, Product Manager from OVO Energy

A growing network...

We’ve been so thrilled with the feedback from volunteers, community groups, schools and of course staff from OVO Energy who have worked together to create pockets of leafy green spaces in the heart of UK communities and planted a green legacy for the future. Here’s just a snippet of the comments we received.

Huge thanks to you and the team for providing us with trees - it was really heartening to see the enthusiasm and care people had for planting trees … may it be a happy, health & tree-mendous year for you all.

PARC Y DDERWEN - TREE PLANTING WEEKEND

The 400 trees have made a terrific difference to Abbey Recreation Grounds, our local park, and the Merton Park Green Walk, our local nature trail. They now form hedges in both areas, making them both look more attractive and (in time) havens for wildlife.

WILLMORE END RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

I Dig Trees will help diversify the biodiversity of this important woodland which was formerly a gravel pit 60 years ago. We planted oak, guilder rose and Alder … we are grateful for this project in supporting the work of the volunteers and improving the Park for wildlife and local people.

TOWN PARK WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS

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We wanted to create native hedgerows in the animal grazing fields to provide a more biodiverse habitat for wildlife and also to eventually provide more shade for the grazing animals.

THE PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION

Many thanks for the trees. We used the trees to supplement plant a recently laid hedge in an orchard at Pentire Farm which is just a few minutes’ walk from Polzeath beach … this orchard space will be freely accessible to all visitors and local community groups.

POLZEATH MARINE CONSERVATION GROUP & THE NATIONAL TRUST

What a start to the New Year... 558 trees planted by young & young-at-heart Lothersdale residents this morning! Thanks for our trees

LOTHERSDALE WOODLAND GROUP

Where the trees have been planted

568,000 trees were planted during the three winters 2015/16 to 2017/18. The map below shows where the trees have been planted.

Message from our partner - OVO Energy

We are delighted to be partnering again with OVO Energy in this third year of exciting tree planting. OVO funds I Dig Trees on behalf of their Greener Energy Plan customers as an additional environmental and social benefit of their commitment to a cleaner, greener future. That's power you can be proud of.

Ready. Steady. Grow.