The Conservation Volunteers and OVO Energy, one of the UK’s most innovative energy suppliers, have announced a new programme that will see 250,000 trees being planted in communities across the United Kingdom.
TCV and OVO Energy announced their partnership in September last year, which was followed shortly by the announcement of the I Dig Trees programme. The initiative involved TCV creating and helping to deliver a tree planting programme to achieve the ambitious aim of planting 158,000 trees across the UK in 2015. The programme was delivered through Green Gyms and TCV’s community volunteering activities across multiple sites up and down the country, and aimed to bring communities together, improve the environment and make a difference for future generations.
Through this year’s I Dig Trees programme, TCV and OVO Energy aim to plant 250,000+ trees in over 1250 green spaces across the UK. This will be achieved with approximately 62,000 hours of community volunteering. The programme will start in November and there are multiple ways in which people can get involved. Members of the public can register their community group to receive one of the 1250 free community tree planting packs, through the My Community Digs Trees initiative. Alternatively, people can volunteer to take part in the tree planting at a location near them.
TCV recognise the critical role that trees play in maintaining the delicate ecosystem and tree planting programmes have long formed a key part of TCV’s nationwide activities, alongside improving the country’s public health.
The programme will also take strides towards TCV’s aim of creating healthy, happy communities for everyone across the country. The programmes hope to involve and inspire volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with their natural environment, be more active and make the most of their outdoor spaces.