12th December 2018
On the 29th of November, team members from Marketing and Telesales went out for a morning of volunteering. The volunteers planted 420 new trees in Haxby. The team faced the wind and rain and were able to plant the 420 trees in less than 4 hours.
With 840 trees planted overall by York volunteers, each tree commemorates a baby born in York from 2018-19. The initiative is from the Rotary Club of York. The Rotarians are seeking to benefit the environment in the long term with these new trees as they grow alongside the babies they are dedicated to.
Team leader, Hannah Land, said that, “This was a great opportunity to work together as a team in a different way than we normally would. Gardening has plenty of mental and physical health benefits and it’s great being part of an organisation that encourages us to value those things. Being able to contribute to our community in a new way is also really exciting.”
The tree planting gave Benenden Health team members the opportunity to work alongside people from throughout the community. These partners include the City of York Council, York St John University, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, Woodland Trust, York Treemendous and Brunswick Organic Nursery, as well as long time charity partners York Cares.
Georgia Everall, Volunteering Project Officer, York Cares, said: “This is a wonderful initiative that will commemorate the birth of every child in York in the next 12 months – and will also help to improve the environment in which those young children will live.”